Back to school at your library
Now that everyone is back to school, it’s time to put your library card to good use. With your library card and your home or school computer you can access the library’s online resources to do research, request books from either your Summit County Library or other libraries in the state, and download electronic resources as well.If you need help with a research paper, just go to the library’s new web site at http://www.summitcountylibraries.org and click on the button that says “Research Options.” Here you will find a list of online databases, which are all accessible with your library card barcode. Just click on whichever database you feel will give you the most help. Under “Research Options” are listed Gale and Ebsco databases, which will give you full text journals dealing with business, health & wellness, environment, country reports, academic research topics, digitized newspaper articles from Colorado newspapers published between 1859 and 1923, and a wealth of other information for elementary, middle and high school students.Do you need to read a classic book for English class? Just look in the library’s online catalog to find the title of the book you need. With your library card you can request the book online and even have it sent to any of our three locations – the South Branch in Breckenridge, Main Library in Frisco, or the North Branch in Silverthorne. If the library doesn’t own the title you need, we can get it from another Marmot library on the Western Slope or via Prospector from many Front Range libraries. Prospector is a new service that was just implemented in August of this year. It’s simple and easy to use. When you do a search in the library’s online catalog, if our library does not own the book, you will see listed the phrase “In Prospector,” where you will find the title you want or other titles you might want. Just click on the title, then click on the “request it” button, type in your information – the library you are affiliated with, name and library card number, what library you want the title sent to – and hit submit. You should receive a reply that says your request was successful, and the material will usually be here within a few days, unless it’s checked out. If the request isn’t successful, it could be that your library card has expired or has too many fines on it. Just call the library (970) 668-5555 to find out what the problem might be, and we will do our best to resolve the issue. Remember that library cards are only good for two years and then need to be renewed.Maybe you want to have an audio book to listen to or an e-book to read on your iPad or e-reader for an assignment. Never fear, your library is here. Click on the “Downloadable Collection” button, which will take you to our Overdrive collection of e-books, audio books, videos and music. If you’ve never used this collection before, be sure to read the “Getting Started” section first, for it will explain what software you need to download in order to use the collection. You need different software for different phones, computers, e-book readers, MP3s and iPods. Once you’ve downloaded the required software, start searching the collection. If the title says “add to book bag,” you may check it out. If it says, “place a hold,” then you can put it on hold, and an email will be sent to you when it’s available for check out. Checkouts may be variable; so just click in the drop down box whether you want it for seven, 14, or 21 days. Also remember to look at the “Always Available E-Books,” because many of the classics can be found in this collection, and you can check them out right away.I hope this helps make your return to school a little easier to handle. Your Summit County Library is here to help you with any of your assignments or information needs. For more information visit the Main Library in the County Commons building at 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco, or call us at (970) 668-5555.
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