18 Things You Pay for That Olathe Public Library Has for FREE
Your tax dollars are already paying for these free resources, but many people forget to take advantage of them.
To access these, all you need is a (free) library card!
1. Meeting or Study Space for FREE
Rooms are available for nonprofit groups, tutors and individuals wishing to study.
2. Computer/Internet Access and Wi-Fi for FREE
Use one of the library’s computers and get access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Access. Bring your own laptop or device and get free Wi-Fi. Typewriters are available at both locations and a scanner is available at Olathe Main.
3. Consumer Reports for FREE
The library’s subscription offers online access to the print edition of the magazine plus the additional content of the Consumer Reports website. Print copy access is also available in the library.
4. Practice Exams and Test Prep for FREE
With the library’s subscription to Learning Express you can study for hundreds of tests including civil service, U.S. Citizenship, militaryentrance exams and preparation tests for SAT/ACT, MSAT, LSAT and dozens of others. You will find practice tests at all levels. You can practice, save your test, see your results and try again all for free.
5. Learn a Second Language for FREE
Learn 45 different languages from home with Mango Languages, including Spanish and English. For the younger set (0-6 years), try Mango’s Little Pim with 10 different language courses.
8. Computer Classes for FREE
Take a class on basic computers, the Internet, Microsoft Excel, and more at the library or at home through Learning Express.
9. Auto Repair Help for FREE
Access Mitchell on Demand at the library or access Auto Repair Reference Center from home.
10. Online Tutors for FREE
Get homework help and more with Brainfuse LIVE tutors online from 2 to 11pm daily. Tutors can help K-Adult Learners in Math, Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Writing, Reading, English Literature, Spanish, Microsoft Office, GED Test Prep and Resume Writing help.
11. Programming for Children & Teens for FREE
Bring the children to one of our many storytimes, preschool crafts, LEGO clubs, 6 x 6 Literacy programs or other special events. Teens meet for afterschool hangouts, anime club, teen library club and a variety of special programs. Browse our events.
12. Tax Forms for FREE
If we don’t have the form out already, we can print a copy for free. During tax season, AARP Tax Assistance Volunteers visit the library and offer free income tax preparation at Olathe Main for middle & low-income taxpayers.
13. Notary for FREE
The main Olathe library has a notary available most weekdays until 5pm. Please call 913-971-6850 to confirm availability.
14. Video Game Checkout for FREE
Check out the latest PS2, PS3, Wii and XBOX 360 games.
15. Movie Checkout for FREE
Check out new releases, classics, documentaries, how-to’s and children’s.
16. Download & Stream Music for FREE
Download up to three songs a week that are yours to keep. On Freegal, you can choose from thousands of songs – pop, rock, country & classical with new songs added daily from Sony Music. All downloads are DRM-free, in MP3 format and compatible with any MP3 player, including iPods, and can be loaded into iTunes. Or try Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Library and Naxos Video Library where you can stream classical music, jazz videos and performances. Prefer a CD? We offer the latest music and audiobook CDs for checkout too.
17. Magazines and Newspapers for FREE
With Zinio you can download and read current issues of popular magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Downloaded magazines are yours to keep. Or come in to the library to read a variety of local and national magazines and newspapers. Past magazine issues are available for checkout.
18. Books and eBooks for FREE
Of course, you already know you can checkout bestsellers, children’s, young adult novels, how to’s and everything in between. You can also download eBooks, audio books to your devices from home and access interactive Tumblebooks for children. If you need help finding a good book, librarians can help with that too, or sign-up for Dear Reader’s Online Book Club for daily selections in your favorite genres.