Technology at your library

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Dana Jolly

Through the years, the LaRue County Public Library has worked hard to provide materials, programs and an environment to be a community place. You can borrow items, participate in youth and adult programs, use computers or wireless access, research genealogy information, fax, scan, make copies or simply relax by enjoying conversation or reading the newspaper or a magazine.

Even with all these great services I am often asked if people still use the library with all the new technology available. The answer is without a doubt, yes. Your library will continue to offer traditional services and will also move forward with technology.

Our most current project was to build a new website. Even though the website is still under construction, it’s available to access now at www.laruelibrary.org. The website will highlight services offered within the library and many resources you can access from the comfort of your own home.

If you haven’t used your library’s online resources, I think you will be amazed at what your library offers. I’ll start with Ancestry Library Edition because this is the only online resource that you’ll need to be in your library building to access. So, if you’re digging for family history, this will be a benefit along with our other genealogy material.

All other online resources you can access anywhere with a password or your library card number. Simply go to our website and click on Free Downloads (thousands of books & audiobooks and hundreds of movies & music), America’s News (find articles in newspapers in the United States including The LaRue County Herald News), Chilton Library (maintenance and repair information for your car), Kentucky Virtual Library (great educational resource with bibliography sources), Testing and Education Center (download ACT and other testing books).

Your library’s catalog is online also. You can search for items, renew your items, and reserve items online through the catalog. The completed search will show if an item is checked in or checked out. It also will show the location of the item: main floor, children’s floor, Bookmobile or Lincoln Museum. (The books at the Lincoln Museum Library are owned by the museum and are not available for checkout but can be seen by appointment at the museum’s library.)

Coming soon: Tech time youth program and free music downloads.

So if someone asks you if people still use your library with all the technology available, be sure and tell them without a doubt, yes.