LApuclic08-01-27Can’t afford Blockbuster, don’t have Netflix, or Direct TV, and movie tickets are just too expensive? Fear not – you can get movies for free. Yes free! All you have to do is go to your local library – or for that matter the library across town or near your work. The Los Angeles Public Library system has a great collection of movies available for free. All you need is a library card (also free).

Most movies can be kept for 2 days and documentaries can be kept for a week. Here’s another really cool thing about getting movies from the library. Let’s say you live in Silver Lake and work in the valley. After work you can drop by the library in Studio City or anywhere else in the valley area and pick up a couple of movies. Instead of watching lame reruns on television at night just open a bottle of wine if you are so inclined and pop in a movie and enjoy the evening at home. If you don’t have to go back to the valley when they are due back, just go to your local branch and turn them in.

Make sure they check them in right away and you can pick up more movies. You can check out up to three movies at a time. Different branches have different selections at any given time. Choices can vary from more current titles to classics. You can also find music videos and television collections from PBS as well as more current TV series. Some of my recent discoveries included Family Guy, Jane Eyre, Disturbia, The Prestige, The DaVinci Code, Bobby, The Simpsons Movie, and Star Wars collections. There were also educational videos ranging from how to play guitar to using various computer programs. You can go to the library website and type in the title you want. It will show all of the branches that have it and whether or not it is checked out. You can actually reserve it so that when it comes back in you can pick it up.

Oh, and by the way – the library has a great selection of books too.

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