My library has saved me major $$$ on books and DVDs. Do they have Interlibrary Loan where you are? If your library doesn't have a specific item, sometimes it can be borrowed through another library this way. (There might be a small fee though.) Or do you mean that the books you want are just checked out when you look for them? In that case, you should be able to get on some kind of waiting list. I usually have close to a dozen items on request/waiting lists at any given time. LOL It may take a while before they reach me, but at least it saves me money and shelf space.
Hmm, I don't know if that's possible here, I mean my local library is a smaller one and is part of the council library (there are a bunch of small libraries throughout this council, and any book can be interchangeable between each of those libraries) But I never thought about asking if it's possible to request books from libraries outside of the council... I'd like to think it is possible, but idk, I'll have to ask Thanks for the tip.
I'm gonna start reading The Midnight's Children by Salmon Rushdie today.