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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Your Public Library

To celebrate National Library Week, here are a few of the special services your local library offers.

1. Nationwide Borrowing
If the Fairfax County Public Library doesn’t own a book or other material, we can try to find it for you at public, academic and special libraries across the U.S. through our InterLibrary Loan Service.

2. Almost Late Notices
If you own a library card, but we don’t have your e-mail address, just fill out a Library Information Change Form. If you don’t have a library card, just give us your e-mail address when you apply. We will e-mail you a notice three days before books or materials are due. We will also e-mail you when material you placed on hold is due, or if material is overdue. (Then, unfortunately, you would owe us a fine.)

3. More Room Than Starbucks
Tired of waiting for table space at your favorite coffee house? Just pack up your laptop and trek over to your nearest library branch for free wireless access.

4. Magazines, Newspapers and More
The library offers access to online full-text articles in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks, career information, college entry and professional practice tests and more. We pay for these databases, so you don’t have to. All you need is your library card.

5. Talking Books for Seniors and the Disabled
Do you have a friend or relative who has trouble reading or is homebound? A free service from the National Library Service will lend recorded materials to anyone who is unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical impairment. Special equipment is loaned to play the recorded materials. Call the Access Services branch at 703-324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365 for more information.

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Image courtesy of the American Library Association.

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