Find Craft and DIY Books at Your Local Library

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that by day I am a Librarian (library branch manager, to be specific). To say I love my job is an understatement! Although modern librarianship is more than reading books all the time, I do love books and reading! I was that kid who would get in trouble for staying up late and reading a book under the covers with a flashlight.

There are a wealth of resources you can get from your local public library to get your crafting fix. Did you know that your public library more than likely offers all kinds of fun crafting classes? Mine does! The Librarians in my library district teach a variety of craft classes like knitting, beading, quilling, painting, making green cleaners, making natural beauty projects, just as examples!

Aside from classes, you can get pretty much any crafty book out there. If your library doesn’t own a copy of a particular title, you can ask for them to “ILL’ it. ILL stands for Interlibrary Loan. Because of the cost involved in getting ILLs, some libraries do a charge a fee for ILLs – generally around $5.

In the picture above, I got two books put out by the Royal School of Needlework via ILL. They are Essential Stitch Guide: Stumpwork by Kate Sinton and The Essential Stitch Guide: Silk Shading by Sarah Homfray.  The other titles I currently have checked out are, Feltlicious by Kari Chapin & Kerri Wessel, Bead Making Lab by Heather Powers, and The Art of Whimsical Stitching by Joanne Sharpe.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg on the different books I’ve checked out from my library through the years. You can find any kind of book for any kind of DIY at your local public library!

I’m interested in hearing what you have to say about this. Do you regularly use your public library to get craft and DIY books? Did you know that you could ask for books that aren’t in your library’s collection (ILL)?