Luckily, for some of your preservation needs, you probably have resources close to you that won’t cost you a thing. Seem a bit too good to be true? We promise it isn’t. In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing a few tips on where to go for free resources to aid you in your preservation.
Last time, we talked about academic library resources. But what if you don’t live near one, or it’s not available to you? The good news is, you probably have another great resource available to you: the public library.
The last twenty years were rough on libraries, which, historically, saw themselves as gatekeepers of knowledge and research. Then some little upstart fly-by-night wound up in everyone’s homes, and there didn’t seem to be a need for the library anymore.
What can you find at your library? Only you can find out for sure -- each one offers different services. Search for your nearest branch here by entering your zip code (or city/country) and clicking on Public Libraries to limit the results. Indie Preserve’s hometown turf, the Houston public Library system, offers free document scanning (provided you bring a USB drive to store the files), public computers, and laptops for in-house use. But no typewriters. Sorry, hipsters!