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‘Hold’ a good book online

Library SpotlightEmily HiselGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Everybody knows you can go into your local library and find books on the shelves. But did you know you can now find books, music, or movies online, and have them sent to your library for you? “Patron Placed Holds” is a relatively new service offered by the Garfield County Public Library District. This service can help you get a bestseller, get your hands on books from outside the county for a research project, or get the book you just saw on “Oprah.”The best part about this new service is how easy it is. There are only four steps. The first step is to log on to the library district’s new Web site, http://www.garfieldlibraries.org. From there you can search the library catalog. When something catches your eye, simply click the “Request” button at the top of the page. Finally, all you need to add is your name and the bar code number (no spaces) off the back of your library card. The library will then contact you as soon as the book arrives. Just minutes from now your name can be on the list for the new Harry Potter or James Patterson novel!You should also get the materials faster. The Garfield County Public Library District is part of a consortium of libraries in Western Colorado that lend all or part of their collections to each other. So if you live in Glenwood, you can put a hold on a movie in Rifle and a book in Telluride. This also means you will get the first copy available to you, whether it is local or out-of-county.From the library district’s Web site, you can click “My Library Card” to access your account and manage your library card online. You can see what you have checked out, and even renew items online. You can also turn on your reading history to keep track of the books you check out. This feature comes in handy so you don’t get a chapter or two into a book before you realize you read it a year ago.While you are online, look around the new Web site. It is filled with useful tools like online book clubs, Live Homework Help, multiple databases including Chilton’s Auto Repair, and much more. If you have questions or need help navigating the new Web site, call or stop by your local library. We are here to help.Emily Hisel works in youth services for the Rifle Branch Library.


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