I’m blessed in that I have access to not one, but THREE library systems where I live. There’s a city library, county library system and a state wide consortium with branches in two neighboring counties. I paid to join the city library, but cards for the other two systems were free. On my first visit to the city library, I borrowed enough books to cover the membership fee. 🙂
Interlibrary loan can be your new BFF. You locate the title in another library using WorldCat, fill out a request at your local library and in a week or so, the book will be available for check-out. Usually ILL services are free, but some systems may charge a nominal fee.
If you live near a college or university, ask to see if you can get a “community” library card. Colleges with textile design, fashion merchandising or consumer & family science programs normally have a wide variety of titles available. You can also read craft and fiber arts periodicals in the reading room while you are there checking out books.
Of course, I’m all for buying books for my personal collection, but they can get expensive. And unless it’s a vintage title, I’d much rather spend my money on fabric! Just sayin’!