50 Things to do @ the Library Besides Check Out Books

Updated September 9, 2022

Of course you know all about the amazing books, eBooks, and audiobooks you can borrow from the library, but did you know there are tons of other great resources and services available? Here’s 40 things you can do at Poudre River Public Libraries besides checkout books…and this is just a start!

What do you do at the library?

1.  Check out a ukulele from our Gadgets and Things Collection

2.  Come to a storytime

3.  Stream movies from online platforms like Kanopy and Hoopla

4.  Visit local cultural sites like the Museum of Discovery with our Curiosity Pass

5.  Learn to repair your car or small engine

6.  Grab one of our Take-and-Make kits for a fun craft to make at home

7.  Read comics

8.  Research your family history

9.  Check out cake pans from our Gadgets and Things Collection

10. Access free classes in software, business, and other skills

11. Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test

12. Use a computer and wi-fi

13. Get one-on-one English as a Second Language tutoring

14. Research stocks, funds, and other investments

15. Play board games and card games including Scrabble

16. Learn a new professional skill with LinkedIn Learning

17. Check out music scores/sheet music

18. Work remotely in our air-conditioned public spaces

19. Get ideas for science fair projects

20. Use the microfilm reader to scan slides and photo negatives

21. Meet one-on-one with a librarian

22. Print, copy, and scan documents for free

23. Stream and download movies and television shows

24. Read books aloud to friendly animals

25. Learn a new language

26. Meet with Outreach Fort Collins

27. Donate gently used books

28. Meet with a lawyer for free

29. Learn how to create an online dating profile

30. Join the Summer Reading Challenge

31. Use a study room or group meeting room

32. Attend a virtual cooking workshop

33. Get help researching and applying for jobs

34. Stream and download music

35. Research maps and records about individuals buried in Fort Collins’ cemeteries

36. Write a business plan

37. Get assistance in completing your taxes

38. Learn how to code

39. Use assistive technologies like a Hearing Loop

40. Read Consumer Reports reviews before you buy

41. Study for the Colorado driving test

42. Make fun designs with Old Town Library’s Everbright wall

43. Join a book club

44. Volunteer

45. Participate in fun science, math, and technology events

46. Get homework help

47.  Grab a coffee at Harmony Library’s café ($)

48. Reserve a private study room at Harmony and Old Town Libraries or drop into one at Council Tree Library

49. Check out a GoPro camera or FitBit for your outdoor adventures

50. Play giant chess outside at Library Park

What do you do at the library? Share with us in the comments.