What Can You Find in A Library?
February 13, 2012
Can you name two types of materials that you might find in a library? This is a question we often ask during job interviews. The most common answer? Books and computers. Usually, my boss gently informs them that we think of computers as equipment. Many folks are stumped to think of anything else, so they start listing different types of books. But the truth is, we have so much more than two types of materials at the library--including different types of books.
So what does your library have to offer you besides books (and computers)? Well, for different types of books, there are audiobooks on cassette and CD. We also have eBooks and audiobooks available through our OverDrive and the OneClickDigital database. Some databases—like Bookflix, Trueflix, and TumbleBook Library--offer children’s books to read online. For test books to read online, we have Learning Express Library and Testing & Education Resource Center .
On our shelves, we carry videos on DVD and VHS: from current popular movies (which have a 7 day check-out time) to older movies and television series, exercise videos, history and travel videos, and many more informational types of videos.
We also have many magazines and newspapers. Some are in actual magazine form, while others are accessible online. We keep a year’s worth and all but the current one can be checked out. Additionally, we have several magazine and newspaper databases that allow you to read the full text of articles.
Also available at the library are music CDs that cover just about any genre of music you are looking for. Online, there are several music databases that have music tracks that you can listen to.
Not finding just what you are looking for? We have many more databases full of all kinds of information. If our databases and catalog fail, we can consult the WorldCat database, try to order it from another library system, and bring it to an MCPL branch for you.
Blue Ridge Branch