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! 

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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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