One of the biggest things I missed while in Italy was my beloved public library. In Italy, there are public libraries, but they don't have the vast amount of resources available like we do here. I've made up for lost time by checking out around twenty books each month. One thing that continues to amaze me is that I can request a book from the entire Carnegie and Allegheny county library system and get it in my hands usually by the end of the week, for free. Support your public library! They are one of our best community and public treasures.