contributed by Nancy Jacoby
While the pandemic had a significant effect on in-person browsing at the library, the library’s digital services continued uninterrupted. FCPL’s OverDrive and cloudLibrary collections of ebooks are always available for browsing and borrowing on your favorite device. Many titles, including bestsellers and newer releases, and a wide selection of magazines are available instantly. And now, when your ebook holds become available, you can download the title right away or you can choose “deliver later,” which passes the book to the next person but keeps you at the front of the line. This feature helps you manage your holds and gives you more control, which is perfect if your reading list is a mile long (whose isn’t?) or you’re usually in the middle of a good book.
Speaking of always-available online resources, did you know that you can read the digital editions of newspapers like the Fresno Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times every day through the library’s website? All you need is your library card number.
Your card gives you access to other great online resources, too—available any time of the day or night from the comfort of your home. There’s unlimited streaming of a vast collection of music, as well as five free song downloads a week, with Freegal. And movie lovers who are missing the theater can watch films and documentaries with Kanopy.
Without a doubt, we’re all looking forward to returning to our favorite library branches and searching the shelves for the next good book, CD, or movie. But thanks to FCPL’s online resources, the library never closes completely and books, music, and movies that can enrich our lives are always at our fingertips. Now is a great time to become familiar with these resources and let them add a new dimension to the way you use the library—even when its doors are open again.
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