ELPL is a Great Value

Every month I am amazed at how much my personal cable and Internet bill is. I pay a lot for those luxuries and I do not have premium channels. Let me be clear, I am not suggesting people give up Netflix, Amazon Prime, their cable, their Internet service or any of these things.  I know I am not ready to give them up. I love my access to all of these services.  I simply want to point out what a great value your East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) card is.  So here is something to think about:

  • The average Netflix bill is $10 per month, $120, annually
  • The average Internet bill is $60 per month, $720 annually
  • The average Cable bill is $100 per month, $1,200 annually
  • The average Amazon Prime bill is $10 per month, $120 annually

Add this all up and you are paying approximately $2,160 per year for these services and this does not include data costs for smart phones, Hulu, and other products.

If you own a home or property in East Lansing with a taxable value of $100,000 (roughly a $200,000 home), you pay approximately $200 annually for the East Lansing Public Library. This is $16.67 per month or 55 cents per day and, roughly $1,900 less per year than the average entertainment costs listed above. 

Did you know ELPL provides you access to streaming/downloadable movies; TV shows; music; books; audiobooks; and magazines through hoopla, Kanopy, cloudLibrary, Overdrive and RBdigital? We have physical books, magazines, DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs and audiobooks, too, all accessible with your ELPL card.  Not to mention, hundreds of free programs throughout the year and a Maker Studio with nine 3D printers, sewing machines, an arduino lab, iMAC computers with Adobe Creative Cloud, ukuleles, sound recording equipment and so much more. ELPL even has power tools you can check out.

For the cost of a couple of coffees per month, you have access to a world of information and entertainment. Use your ELPL library card, it is well worth it.