2007-12-06 / Editorial


Technology makes getting books simple

Voracious readers among us know that obtaining newly-released books from the island library requires much patience. You add your name to the list and wait your turn. Vigilance is required to make sure your name is placed on the hold list early for those new books.

The good folks at the Jamestown Philomenian Library have simplified the task of getting those new publications. Now you can subscribe to a number of e-mail newsletters offered by the library. What's really neat is that the newsletters will allow you to place holds on books directly from the e-mail.

Here's how it works:

You sign up for the e-mail newsletter. It arrives in your computer's mailbox and you see there are a couple of books you'd like to read. You click on the link and it sends you to your Internet browser. There you can view where that particular book is available throughout the state in the library network.

To reserve a book, simply enter your local library patron number. You will receive an e-mail reporting when the book is ready to pick up at the library.

A wide variety of e-mail newsletters are available - from new titles at the library, new fiction, new non-fiction, and new children's books to the popular top-seller lists. You can sign up online at the library's Web site: www.jamestownri.com/library/.

You can also do a number of other things online at the library's Web site, such as renew a book, download audio and e-books, search catalogues and place holds. Take a few minutes and explore the site. You'll want to bookmark it for future reference.

- Jeff McDonough

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