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2017
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All You Need is a Card: The Wood Buffalo Regional Library

Dawn Sidoroff
BY Dawn Sidoroff —  comments
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Anyone can get a library card.  Visit our Circulations Services with a piece of ID that has your name and permanent address on it. You must be over the age of 16, otherwise, you’ll need to bring in a parent or guardian to sign you up, and then proceed to strut, sashay and stride your way around the place.  Did we mention it’s FREE?

Our collection consists of more than 156,000 items which include reference, adult fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction, junior fiction and non-fiction, picture books, DVDs and music CDs, video games, magazines and newspapers, and fitness items. The Library also has collections of materials for adult literacy and world languages. Online services include eBooks and databases which are accessible within the library and from your home or office with your library barcode.

 

Are you interested in learning more about what our library has to offer, assistance with your research? Take advantage of our Book a Librarian service!

Our Reference Services Librarian is available for one-on-one and small groups (up to 4 people). We can provide consultation in library research, choosing essay topics, using the library’s online resources, and more! Meeting times will be offered Wednesdays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please email kathleen.mcgrath@wbrl.ca to book your appointment.

The Library has a specialized reference collection that includes a large selection of directories, almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, pamphlets, and books for Wood Buffalo. In addition to the print collection, the Library subscribes to a number of online resources.

 

With a library membership, you can access the online resources using the computers within the library. Additionally, you have the added convenience of accessing databases from home or office by hovering over the MORE menu, and left clicking on the Online Resources link.

 

Where can you update your computer skills, master the perfect cover letter and hone your interview skills? The library is offering an option for learning all from the comfort of your own home with Lynda.com, a new FREE learning platform for cardholders. 

Lynda.com is a website with over 5,500 courses from web design to media production to business.  The site typically costs a fee to subscribe, but members of the WBRL can access all of Lynda’s content for FREE.

Lynda.com can be assessed through our page with your library card number and PIN. Create an account - which only requires an email address and password - users are set to begin learning!

 

We have 3 rooms available for booking:

  • Moberly Hall Charter School Meeting Room A- 20 people maximum
  • Meeting Room B- 6 people maximum
  • Meeting Room C- 6 People maximum

 

Meeting rooms are available and can be booked by visiting the second-floor Reference Desk or by calling 780-743-7073.

 

Guidelines (but not limited to):

  • Rooms can only be booked for use during regular library hours.
  • Daily bookings may be made for a maximum of 4 consecutive days.
  • Bookings will be cancelled if you do not arrive within the first 15 minutes of your booking.
  • Room bookings are made solely on a first come, first served basis
  • Items left in the study room are not the library’s responsibility.

 

The library has the following limited equipment that may also be booked in advance: Flip Chart, Whiteboard, TV, Folding Table, Podium.

The library has free WiFi Internet that is accessible anywhere in the library, including study rooms.

This is a quiet floor. Please keep volume levels at a minimum.

There are 17 Computer Works stations available; each computer has Internet access and is networked to a colour laser printer. There is no fee to use the computer stations; printing is 10 cents per sheet for b&w and 20 cents per sheet for colour.

The computers are available on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance.

Computers are self-serve. Patrons are advised to have standard computer literacy to use Computer Works. There are links to a Tutorial/FAQ, and websites to learn computer skills accessible directly from the desktop.

 

The Library is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

 

For further details on all library services and programs, visit our website at wbrl.ca.

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