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Old 08-22-2018, 12:49 PM   #1
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Nonresident library cards?

I'm looking for an alternative to an FLP nonresident library card, to use mostly for Overdrive audiobooks, as FLP's additions have been meager for some time now. I already have a Brooklyn card. Houston seems like the best deal ($40/year), but since no one ever seems to mention it, I'm hesitating. Anyone have recommendations?
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Old 08-23-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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I've previously had a card for Fairfax, VA. At $27 a year I found it to be a good investment i've also had access to Maryland's Overdrive library through a library other than Enoch Pratt and enjoyed it i mostly used it for ebooks so can't speak for audiobooks. $50 seems a little pricy for Maryland but may be worth a look.

Do you find Brooklyn to be a good value?

I'm currently using cards from KY and TN which seems to neet most of my needs so I'm trying to NOT buy a card for a year or two. Famous last words...
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I've previously had a card for Fairfax, VA. At $27 a year I found it to be a good investment i've also had access to Maryland's Overdrive library through a library other than Enoch Pratt and enjoyed it i mostly used it for ebooks so can't speak for audiobooks. $50 seems a little pricy for Maryland but may be worth a look.

Do you find Brooklyn to be a good value?

I'm currently using cards from KY and TN which seems to neet most of my needs so I'm trying to NOT buy a card for a year or two. Famous last words...
Thanks for your input. I'll take another look at Enoch Pratt and Fairfax.

Brooklyn is excellent. As a New York resident, I don't have to pay, but it's much better than FLP, which charges the same $50. Waiting lists don't seem too bad, as BPL often buys multiple copies of popular books, and the selection seems good. I would definitely recommend it over any of the others.
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Thanks for your input. I'll take another look at Enoch Pratt and Fairfax.



Brooklyn is excellent. As a New York resident, I don't have to pay, but it's much better than FLP, which charges the same $50. Waiting lists don't seem too bad, as BPL often buys multiple copies of popular books, and the selection seems good. I would definitely recommend it over any of the others.

You should get an NYPL card too. It expands the selection much more. I’m a NYC resident and have both.



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You should get an NYPL card too. It expands the selection much more. I’m a NYC resident and have both.
Me too. I use them for the bulk of my borrowing. But I like having one nonresident card for another library system for the occasional book that my NYC libraries don't get, or that has an excessively long waiting list.
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Me too. I use them for the bulk of my borrowing. But I like having one nonresident card for another library system for the occasional book that my NYC libraries don't get, or that has an excessively long waiting list.


That’s a great idea! I think I might do the same.


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One offering of Brooklyn/NYPL that I consider a great value is the Oxford English Dictionary online. An individual subscription is normally $295 a year (anniversary special this year only, $90). One of my Florida libraries stopped carrying it, so I was very happy to get it again. There are a number of interesting databases at the New York libraries, some available only to state residents or certain other cardholders.
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One offering of Brooklyn/NYPL that I consider a great value is the Oxford English Dictionary online. An individual subscription is normally $295 a year (anniversary special this year only, $90). One of my Florida libraries stopped carrying it, so I was very happy to get it again. There are a number of interesting databases at the New York libraries, some available only to state residents or certain other cardholders.
Thanks. If you can believe it, I was just trying to track down a definition that I couldn't find in my Webster's Third Unabridged. I didn't know I could access OED through my library. Perfect timing!
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