Your local library is publicly funded by the community and government. The money they get primarily goes to staff and insuring there are enough print and e-books to be loaned out to everyone. You might not know this, but there is a way to help your local library and buy things at the same time. Amazon Smile is a program that is based in the US and it allows you to buy things on their website and they donate a portion of each sale to a charity of your choice. Little do most people know that you if you use the search button you can select your local library. There are over 14,000 libraries registered on the site, so there is a strong likelyhood they are using the service. If you find out they are not, you can visit your local branch and direct them to register on Amazon by clicking on this LINK.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.