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Evergreen Indiana: How to Borrow Every Book Ever Written

Evergreen Indiana Integrated Library SystemI’ve been a bookworm my entire life. I remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book late at night — and now I’m yelling at my kids for the same thing.

I read classics, mysteries, YA novels, non-fiction books, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Luckily, I can get my hands on pretty much anything right from my own, small library. Much of Indiana is connected through the Evergreen system, through the Indiana State Library.

Get a green library card at your participating local library, and you have the key to pretty much every book ever written.

Evergreen Indiana is an open source, integrated library system that features media sharing with over 100 libraries throughout the state. You can take your library card to any Evergreen location and borrow all the books, movies, and media you can carry. Plus, you can request books your library doesn’t have, and another library will send it to them for you to pick up.

We place holds at any time of day or night when a book recommendation comes to us. If our library has a copy, it is usually available to pick up the very next day. If they don’t, it can take a week or two as they locate a copy and have it shipped to our town. New materials cannot be transferred between libraries until they have been in stock for more than 6 months.

Instead, you can visit a different library to check them out directly. Or, better yet, ask your local librarian to order a copy. Our library has purchased 3 books for us this year, simply because I stopped by the desk and asked for them. It’s been a great way to tackle the large number of “to-read books” on my Goodreads list. I’m at 32 books so far this year, far surpassing the local #Read26Indy goals. That’s why I set my personal goal at 104 for the year.

I’m hoping to read at least 2 books per week throughout 2014 — and most of them will be completely free from my local library — and beyond.