in reply to Load module from local dir

local::lib has special support for ~ paths. If you want to use the same paths with lib, you'll want to use $ENV{HOME}.

Also, while the "base" directory used by local::lib is ~/perl5, that isn't the include path for libraries. It includes other directories like bin and man. The actual library path is in the lib/perl5 subdirectory. These paths are not entirely determined by local::lib itself, but also based on options given to ExtUtils::MakeMaker and Module::Build.
use lib $ENV{HOME}.'/perl5/lib/perl5';