A few years ago, I discovered the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library and it changed my world. As an avid reader, college student, mom and business owner, I felt like I had hit the mother lode when I found this free resource for service members and their families. Here are four ways you can incorporate the MWR Digital Library into your life to save you time and money, and to get your summer read on!
- Access to digital and audio books. Access thousands of digital and audio books for free; download the latest best sellers or catch up on a classic. You can browse fiction, nonfiction, reference and more – it’s like having your own library in your back pocket. A word to the wise: this service is very popular and there are a limited number of copies of each book, so it’s a good idea to place your favorites on “hold” in advance. You can check out up to 10 titles at a time.
- Academic, professional and personal research. As a college student in need of sources for academic papers, I’m able to access some great databases for free. I also recently started my own nonprofit and needed to research more about the needs of the population we plan to serve. The MWR database had just what I was looking for. My husband and I have also used the library for personal research on investing, consumer product reviews and even small engine repair – which kept us from having to buy a new lawn mower!
- Test prep and scholarship searches. I have a teenager who is preparing for college. He also hasn’t ruled out a career in the military. With access to free test prep tools, he has used the MWR Digital Library to better prepare for testing and to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Service members also have access to preparation materials for other branch-specific military career advancement tests.
- Access to K-12 resources. The MWR library offers academic resources for both students and teachers. The Teacher Reference Center provides access to teacher and administrative journals and magazines. Age-appropriate TumbleBook collections provide reading and academic resources for school-age students. And finally, Tutor.com provides free homework and tutoring help to students who need it. I can’t speak highly enough about the services offered through Tutor.com. It has been a lifesaver for my kids on multiple occasions, because this mom is NOT good at math!
Don’t miss out on this free service – it can be a real time and money saver. The resources mentioned here are just a sampling of what’s available to you and your family. Happy exploring!