I have learned things in a formalized setting I have learned things on my own as an au·to·di·dact noun a self-taught person.  

University of IOWA 

Library Community Borrower's Permits

I have a community borrower's permit from U of I and really enjoy their library I could spend days just reading all the books they have available. I think its great that any resident of Iowa can borrower books from them for Free!!! I really believe that the University of Iowa really wants to empower people to seek enlightenment and better themselves. I also like this because everyone who pays tax’s in Iowa is paying for this too and I feel its a good return on taxpayer investment. Iowa also has most of the text on its website released under the creative commons license(Link)which is cool.

I have visited the other state universities libraries (UNI ISU) but they charge people who want to borrower books from them if you are not a student or faculty! 

This is a picture of my community borrower's permit from U of I. I covered my name up for privacy reasons. 

Community Borrower's Permits:

Users not affiliated with the University may, under some circumstances, be permitted to check materials out of the Libraries. Application for a borrower's permit may be made at Main Library Circulation Services or any university library. Borrower’s permits, in most circumstances, will be issued to Iowa residents showing proof of residency and a picture ID (such as a current Iowa drivers license).” Website

 “One cannot contemplate libraries . . . without recalling the civilization-long battle for the freedom of the human spirit.Virgil Hancher

Encyclopedia's  & information retrieval 

I owned a complete collection of 

Encyclopedia Britannica's 1994  (15th edition). I was reading how  autodidacts should own a set encyclopedias and now I do I got it from a library book sale room its about 35 books overall I paid a grand total of... $20!!! is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the "filter bubble" of personalized search results. 

917-ASK-NYPL,Every day, except Sundays and holidays, between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm EST, anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world can telephone 917-275-6975 and ask a question. The library staff will not answer crossword or contest questions, do children's homework, or answer philosophical speculations. Website 

Libraries Quotes

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Ray Bradbury 

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. –Doris Lessing

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library. –Frank Zappa

A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you. –Alan M. Dershowitz

When we build a public library, we don't have to pay to get in, but when we build a stadium, we have to pay the owner every time we go to a game.

Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. 

Andrew Carnegie

A library not, then, an article of mere consumption, but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, is their only capital. Thomas Jefferson

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.  ― Ray Bradbury

Don't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read. ― Neil Gaiman

Libraries raised me. I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

Ray Bradbury

A cool add on for Google Chrome will let you know if you can just check out a book at your local library instead of buying it online :) money saver and cool tool! 

Little Free Libraries 

My Personal Project page 

Library of Congress 

Free Reader Identification Card  for anyone over the age of 16 is open at the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. 

AF&AM Grand Lodge library

The Iowa Masonic Library is reputed to be the largest in the world, and is at least one of the top five, with over 100,000 volumes. Both Masonic and general books are included in the collections and the library is open to anyone, whether Masons or not.”

I have been here a many times and find the books and the collections to be rather interesting a lot of books here that you will not find anywhere else. Website

World Book Night U.S. was a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers (I was a volunteer in 2014)  across America gave a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. the program ran for a few years but 2014 was its last year in the USA.


 Writing tools is a very useful website that i write on at least onece a month and write the full 750 words.


NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month takes place in November is an annual internet-based creative writing project which challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. I think this is a cool idea and I would like to do it this year I think I can if i apply myself! I have known about it since 2009! Website  

“The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a noncredit writing program for adults administered by The University of Iowa's Division of Continuing Education. The Festival offers 135 weeklong and weekend workshops across the genres, including novel, short story, poetry, essay, memoir, humor, playwriting, screenwriting, science fiction, and writing for children. Writers at all levels are welcome. This is Open to writers age 21 and over. There are no requirements beyond the desire to write.”

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is another reason why I like the University of Iowa & I think this is a good program that I would like to try out at some point. here is a link to their website

Free Media 

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. Website 

Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Most books are in the public domain. Website 

Josh Woodward creates good music and lets anyone download it free from his website he releases Music via the creative commons license Website 

Jamendo the world's largest digital service for free music lots of variety all free legal MP3 downloads from all over the world Website

Free Online Educational Classes & videos  

take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations 

TED is a nonprofit devoted to

 Ideas Worth Spreading 

A Free  WW class from the University of Iowa


My personal bookcase library room 2nd bedroom home office etc...  I moved into my place in 2019 these bookcases and pics go from 2020 in the spring right before COVID hit I got the bookcases to 2024  I keep it clean and classy :)