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30 Ways to Use Your Library
1. Use the online catalog to find and request a book.  We will deliver it to any branch at no charge!
2. Use a free public computer at your neighborhood branch
3. Play a video game from the library.
4. Get online homework help.
5. What was happening in Fresno on the day you were born?  View the Fresno Bee archives online or go back even further by visiting the Central Library’s Heritage Center to view the microfilm.
6. Download a book right now by visiting our Overdrive page found on the eBooks tab.
7. Trace your family tree with volunteers in the Heritage Center.
8. Need more time to finish reading a great book?  Renew your items online or by phone.
9. Get your homework done!  Kids can receive free tutoring at a library or use our homework help page.
10. Download our app by visiting fresnolibrary.org on a smartphone or tablet.
11. Pay your library fines by using the “Pay Online” tab of Valleycat.   
12. Is regular print difficult to read?  Try Large Print books
13. Curious about how to invest money in the stock market?  Learn where to start (or research current stocks) using Morningstar found under Business, Investing and Fundraising
14. Keep a child entertained online by sharing familiar books brought to life using Bookflix found on our eBooks page. 
15. Have you read everything written by your favorite author?  Discover someone new by using Novelist found under Books & Reading.   
16. Discover new books using the recommendations at www.fresnolibrary.org
17. Sign up for library notices by email and get a reminder 3 days before items are due.
18. Does your community group need somewhere to hold a meeting?  You can reserve space at any branch that has a meeting room.
19. Want to get your GED?  Take prep courses and practice exams using Learning Express found on the Jobs & Career page.  You’ll also find career-specific tests (ASVAB, civil service, Real Estate etc.).
20. Download an audiobook.
21. Research grants for your non-profit by visiting the Grants and Nonprofits Center.
22. Learn to speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and more with Mango Languages found on the How To page.
23.  Is your child learning to read?  Kids practice reading with dogs in libraries across the county.  View the schedule here
24. Connect with the Library on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.
25. Do you have a loved one who is now visually impaired?  Learn about the Talking Book Library for the Blind.
26. Save money with DIY auto repair information online. You can view Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals and more by visiting our How To page.
27. Does your resume need help?  Submit it to the Resume Lab to receive expert advice.  The Resume Lab is part of the JobNow resource found on our Job & Career page. 
28. Are you trying to get your hands on a less common book that isn’t available in the online catalog?  Use Interlibrary Loan to gain access to holdings across the world. 
29. Use free WiFi at selected Library branches.
30. Will mastering Excel make your job easier?  Need to learn how to use Outlook or Publisher?  Take free tutorials using Learning Express (choose Popular Software Tutorials).  View a demo on what to expect.