There are several things I want to share with you about the library and library services that will assist you in getting the most out of your library experience.
Number one is your library card. The number on the card opens up all the different services and information portals that you can use at the library and at home. We will almost universally ask you for this very important number when you call or come in. This is like a credit card because all transactions with us, from placing a hold, using the internet computers, checking out materials, need your card number. To get fast, efficient service have your card with you, have it out and ready when you call, that way we can quickly and efficiently take care of your library needs.
Second, ask us for what you really want. If you want John Doe’s book on deer, ask for that, not just where is your animal section. The clearer you are the faster you will get the information you are seeking. If you are unsure, no problem, we will work with you to get what you need. We want you to have the best experience possible.
Third, sharing materials is an important part of what we do. We are part of a 52 library consortium. By not having every book, movie, or audiobook we expand the amount of material available to you. By being part of Interlibrary Loan services, we exponentially expand the amount of materials we can provide to you as well. We can ask every library in every state to lend us materials if we know they have them. It does take longer to get them, sometimes several weeks, but if you want it we will do everything in our power to get it for you. All you need is your library card.
Fourth, we have wonderful databases. Want to learn a new language? We have Pronunciator with 80 different languages from Afrikaans to Xhosa and just about any in between. Learn at your own pace with interactive modules that you can access again and again. Just use your library card.
Want to learn technology? Try Lynda.com. This is a great database of online video tutorials for learning computer skills, photography skills, plus software, technology, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. All you need is your library card.
Look to AtoZ Database for information on businesses near and far. Looking for information on tire companies? Want to know the CEO of that hotel chain? Where is that store located and what about in other cities? AtoZ can help you answer that and many other business related questions. Just use your library card and all the information you can want is available to you.
Looking for grants? We have the Foundation Center online in the library. Get on a library computer with your library card and we can show you how to find funders and what you need to apply to get their grants.
As you can see, your library card opens up a world of possibilities for you. It is very valuable and keeping the card with you when you call or come in helps you to access the different possibilities the library offers.