February 26, 2011

Library Love (9)

I noticed that when I talk about libraries with friends and family members, they often say, "I didn't know libraries offered that!" Library Love is a feature in which I share many different reasons for people to use and love their local library. Some things I mention may be obvious to those of you who routinely use your public library, but others may be new to you. Either way I hope that this feature inspires you to visit and support your local library! 

9. Enjoy access to public computers and printers. 

Public libraries offer computers with internet access, software, and printers for public use. 

Do you need to...
- check your e-mail? 
- type a research paper using Word? 
- create a PowerPoint presentation? 
- use Publisher to create a flyer for your small business? 
- create a spreadsheet on Excel to keep track of your budget?
- find articles in a database? 
- file your taxes online? 
- file for unemployment? 
- apply for a job online? 
- print something now that your printer is broken at home? ;) 

These are just a few of the many things you can do on library computers. Most libraries use a computer reservation system which allows you to log on with a library card or a guest pass. This means that even out-of-towners can access the computers and get online. This really comes in handy - in fact, someone recently came in to my library desperate for access to his email because he was on his way to a concert but forgot to print the tickets! :)

Some libraries have computer areas that serve different purposes. For example, my library has a set of public computers which are arranged in a circle, a set of "research computers" which are located at separate study desks and have a longer time limit, and a computer classroom. 

Have you ever used a library computer for school, work, or personal use? 


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