You should be! I am constantly dismayed by how many of the customers at my public library are unaware of the wide range of wonderful services we offer. I do my best to spread the word, but so many people tend to come in, get the books they're looking for or use the computers, and then leave. I can't imagine why they don't stop by the reference desk to chat with me so I can tell them about all these wonderful things. It's baffling.
Is it possible that your library offers services you don't know about or have never bothered to look into?
Let me tell you about one that I adore. I used it all the time, and I love it.
My library subscribes to a database called Overdrive. I can go to my library's website, click on the Overdrive link from the database section, and from there I'm taken to a site that looks a bit like a library catalog and a bit like an online bookstore. Overdrive offers ebooks to read on your computer, videos to watch on your computer (or transfer to your television, if you have that kind of setup), and, best of all (for me) downloadable audiobooks. And they are all free services that you, as a library card holder, can take advantage of. Free audiobooks!
My library may only buy one or two copies of a particular audio book, so if they are checked out, I'll have to put a copy on hold, the same way I do for a physical book. When my turn comes, I get an email, and I have three days to pop on over to the website and check out the title. I can check out a total of 10 audiobooks on my account, and I can determine the length of the checkout period (one, two, or three weeks). I download the titles to my computer, and then I transfer them to my iPod. The site has little icons that indicate which sort of device is compatible for each of their downloads, so it's easy to tell what will work and what won't.
Overdrive even allows you to compile a wishlist, which I love! That way I can space out the books I check out, and I always have some waiting in the wings. Audiobooks are a great way to liven up mindless chores like washing dishes or folding laundry, and I love having a book to listen to when I'm working out or walking the dog. I do use Audible for those audiobooks that are not available at my library or through Overdrive, but what a bargain to be able to get so many as part of my library's borrowing privileges.
You may be wondering what happens when the expiration date arrives. Well, if it's on my iPod already, it's not going to suddenly vanish or anything. It'll be there until the next time I sync my iPod. Then it will vanish. So the only downside is that if you are "overdue," you're not going to be able to update your podcasts or music until you finish your book - or check it out again.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not stop by your library's website to see what gems you might be missing out on? You might be in for a few surprises.