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Mar 14

Renewing Your Checked Out Items

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

We've had a lot of questions lately about how to renew your items in the OPAC, or the online library system.

Please note, you can renew materials from the library catalog:

  • Go to the Library Catalog
  • Click the "Log In" option in the upper right hand corner
  • Log in with your 14-digit card number and your last name (all lowercase).
  • On your account page, to the right, there is an option to “Renew.” 

From there, you can:

  • Click the link for a single item renewal
  • Check the box of each item you wish to renew (if you only want to renew some of your items) and click “Renew Selected Items” at the bottom of the page.
  • Click “Renew All" at the bottom of the page.

If the item does not renew, there is either a hold on the item or it has been renewed too many times. You will then need to return the item as soon as possible.

Questions? Please call us at 382-4131 or email us at library AT

Mar 09

Why aren't there more ebooks?

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

eBooks are a hot commodity. With many having received an e-reader of some kind as a gift over the holidays, the library community is seeing a massive jump in the number of requests for ebook services. Our own Washington Anytime Library (via Overdrive) has seen an unprecedented number of checkouts and holds since the holiday, and it shows no sign of letting off.

In the meantime, we're seeing patrons a tad dismayed by increased wait times and also that they can't find certain books in the digital format.

Unfortunately, our hands are tied:

"Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people.  We can buy a printed book from these companies, place it on the shelf, and lend it out--but digital content is being treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing." (Sacramento Public Library, "Why aren't there more eBooks?")

This makes it tough for us to fulfill your needs. Currently, there are five publishers who are refusing to provide viable solutions for libraries:

  • Macmillan
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Penguin Group
  • Hatchette Book Group
  • Brilliance Audio

It's just the tip of the iceberg, however:

Do you think this is wrong? We do, too. If you want to help, we encourage you to make your discontent known by contacting these publishers to let them know what you think.

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256

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