If you live in NY State, as a taxpayer, apparently you are entitled to a New York (City) Public Library card. You ask....but I don't live near NYC, so what good does that do for me?!
Well, In 2014, libraries also have many electronic resources, and this gives you full access to all their electronic resources.
In order to get a NYC library card, you have to fill out a form online. The library card gets mailed to you. Then you take a scan of your driver's license (or other forms of ID), and, email or fax it, along with the library card. This validates your library card. It is free and good for 3 years.
Even if you don't live in NY, maybe there is something similar in your area. It's worth checking out!
Some of the resources included are shown below, tumblebooks, digital images, ebooks, audiobooks, etc.