Like so many of you, I am a library user. I have two local libraries, but also a sightly complicated relationship with both of them. I live in a borough that is politically distinct from the township that completely surrounds it, and because of library rules dating back to 1901, my card has to be issued by the borough library.
This doesn't present any problem, but because they are a very small library and not well-supported by our local taxes, they can't afford OverDrive. My card entitles me to check out books from the local County Library system, but it does not allow me to use OverDrive from that same County Library.
I have fought this for years, by writing letters to the County Library Directors and meeting with several of them and presenting my tax bill showing that 70% of the tax money I pay toward libraries as a borough resident goes to the County Library. The answer has always been the same; that's their rule and my only recourse is to join the County Library as a non-resident at a cost of $100/year. I finally gave up that fight.
When Ryan moved to Fort Collins, one of the first things I did on my first visit was to check out the Poudre River Public Library. With three branches (one of them is right across from The Loopy Ewe!), incredibly friendly and caring staff, and an extensive number of books in OverDrive, I decided that I would get a non-resident card. They asked if I paid any taxes in CO, and when I explained that Ryan and I split his property tax bill, they cheerfully gave me a card, along with access to their OverDrive collection. They've been my "local" library for almost four years now, even though they are 1700 miles away.
And now I've got another "local" library, McCracken County Public Library in Tennessee. I don't remember where I first read about this, but they will issue a computer use only card (free of charge) to you by simply filling out this registration form. I was skeptical, but my card arrived last week, and I've already borrowed two books from their OverDrive collection.
I was surprised, amazed, and grateful, so I called them to ask how to best send a donation. The librarian I spoke to assured me that it wasn't necessary, but I sent a check because I'm happy to support libraries.
I love libraries both near and far, especially if they are friendly, cater to readers, and are happily willing to share their resources!