Library Technology in Your Public Library

Generally when we think of the library we just think of books. Maybe some of the more frequent library patrons use the Internet or get movies but most people don’t even know what all is available from their library, let alone what technology is used and available from their public library.

Some of us not so young generation may remember the card catalog that librarians so carefully updated and indexed. Today when you go to a library you can walk up to a computer and type in a number of different things and find a whole list of what the library has to offer. You may look for a specific title, author, subject, age group, or any number of search options to help you find what you are looking for.

Bookmobiles have been around for ages. For those that may not be familiar with what a bookmobile is, it is a traveling library. Generally a motorized vehicle that goes to smaller more rural areas that don’t have their own district library. In some places the bookmobile may actually be a boat or even a horse-drawn wagon.

One of the more exciting and more recent technologies is the invent of e-books. Books that are in an electronic format and can be read from your computer. You may not even have to go to a library to access this type of book. In essence you can bring your library to your home. Inter-library loans are also wonderful. Perhaps there is a specific book you need but your library doesn’t have it. An inter-library loan allows your library to borrow the book from a college library or some other library and then lend it to you. This done by special request for a specific book where the bookmobile just carries a variety of books that you can choose from.

If none of these library services sound familiar to you, maybe it has been too long since your last trip to your public library. Take a trip and check it out. If you have young kids, run a homeschool, or a preschool group you may be surprised at all the activities and fun options available in most libraries today.