Like many local libraries, the Boise Public Library is a centerpiece in the community, offering resources and assistance for community members well beyond just renting books.
The Boise Public Library is located close to downtown at 715 South Capitol Boulevard, with 4 satellite branches throughout the Boise area. All of their locations offer amenities such as computers, scanners, printers, 3-D printing, virtual reality, curbside pickup, and meeting rooms for public use.
If you’re a Boise resident, obtaining a library card is free and gives you access to a wide array of resources. With your library card you can borrow or download from their collection of over 600,000 titles as well as have access to things such as laptops or educational resources for children. The only payments you are responsible for is if you receive a fine for a late return or a lost or damaged item.
Check your library first
Libraries have become way more than just renting and returning books, if there is something you are in need of or need help with, your local library is a great place to start. We’re going to go through some of the lesser known resources that the Boise Public Library offers.
Learning new things
Lynda.com is a website that offers thousands of online courses. No matter what you are interested in they are likely to have a plethora of information on it, including topics such as photography, software development, design, business, and web development. Access to these classes is usually $29.99/mo but is absolutely free through the Boise Public Library.
Another website offering classes geared towards design and art is CreativeBug. There’s thousands of courses taught by well-known industry experts to help inspire your creative self and learn how to make beautiful art projects.
For teenagers in middle school or high school Learning Express offers access to tutorials, study guides, test prep, and ACT/SAT help. It also has resources for college students and beyond for people looking to further their career education.
Along with the online resources, they offer weekly classes and workshops on a variety of topics. Some recent ones have been:
- Kenyan Beaders: How to make earrings like the women entrepreneurs of Kenya
- Bee Hotels
- Moon Prints
- DIY Mini Terrariums
- Vegetable Seed Starting 101
Resources for kids
For younger kids they offer resources such as NoveList K-8 Plus which helps kids find interesting books, they also have full access to National Geographic Kids. Every week they have a YouTube Live family storytime Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and Music & Movement Fridays at 10:30 AM. They even have a story reading service, all you need to do is call 208-972-8208 and you’ll be able to hear a full story over the phone, with new stories every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Everyone knows you can rent books from the library, but few people know that they offer many other rentals such as video games, CD’s, and DVD’s. The Boise Public Library is keeping up with the digital age by offering a digital collection of movies and TV shows with Access Video On Demand. If you’re interested in 3D printing they have printers at most of their locations where you can learn about them and have them make you an actual 3D print.
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