News 12 This Morning, March 9, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Thomas Alford is spending more time at the library these days. He's looking for a job.
"During this time it's very helpful. Almost critical to keep my job search going," Thomas Alford said.
Thomas uses websites like Career Builder and Military.com to search for veteran careers.
"It's real important for me to stay up on things, to be able to respond to potential employers in a timely manor," Alford said.
But Thomas isn't alone. Mike McQueen says he was laid off in January from his carpenter job and says the library is a great resource for his job hunt.
"I've been coming here pretty regular, since I've been here. Probably 3, 4 times in the last week and a half," Mike McQueen said.
Gary Swint is the Director of the Augusta Library and says in December and January, the circulation of books went up 25% and computer use was up by 30% from a year ago.
Swint says the average price of a book is between $25 and $35 and that's why more people are coming here to check out a book for free.
The library also has new release DVD's, magazines, and children's programs, and free internet, and the word "free" brings more people in, especially in a struggling economy.
"Normally in a time when the economy is bad, libraries seen an increase in usage. That's happened a lot over the years, and this is a pattern that we expected," Gary Swint said.
And they're also coming here for free entertainment. Swint says their DVD's are very popular. So you can check out a new release for a whole week, and you don't have to pay.