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Library Corner: Become a library ‘super user’

Stephanie Ralph
Grand County Library District

Do you have a new library card or a card lying around underused? Do you know that your local libraries have ebooks, e audiobooks and DVDs, but haven’t had the time to explore these offerings? Here are some tips to increase your user skills to library super status.

If you love your favorite authors, but become impatient waiting to read the latest titles, how do you get to the top of the library holds list? GCLD orders books well in advance of their publication date so the titles appear in the online library catalog long before they arrive on the local shelves. You can reserve d before the release date by going to the online catalog, searching for the title you want, and placing a hold. Alternatively, go to, select “More” from the sidebar, and add your email address to sign up for a newsletter focusing on selected genre. Regular emails will keep you posted on the latest offerings. Click on the title to place yourself way ahead of the game.

Get to Know Your Library’s Databases.

The following database information, videos, magazines, books and educational opportunities can be accessed at home, on the move, anywhere and at any time of the day. E-books and e-audiobooks can be downloaded or streamed online through OverDrive. There are thousands of adult bestsellers, nonfiction titles and collections for teens and children. All are free and available instantly. The Libby app makes it easier than ever to download titles to your device.

The Kanopy database provides a wide variety of films, documentaries by award winning filmmakers and many BBC specials and indie hits. These are all free for download and instant viewing on your computer, television or mobile device.

RBdigital Magazines is a huge newsstand of popular titles with no checkout period and no limits. Want to learn a new language? Mango Languages online is available to walk you through all the learning stages of a wide variety of popular languages. Brush up on your creative and business skills with This online database offers 3,300 courses with renowned experts teaching to your individual skill level.

Explore these database offerings and many more through the website at and click on the EBOOKS&LEARNING TOOLS tab.

To keep up with library goings on, programs and offerings, sign up for a monthly email blast newsletter. To do this, add your email address at the link on the website. Alternatively, become a member of the GCLD Facebook page and access up-to-date news and information on the library community and happenings.

Your tax dollars pay for these services and amazing resources. Become a super user and explore them to the full. For additional help, GCLD librarians are the experts who can help you navigate your way.

Stephanie Ralph is the executive director of the Grand County Library District.

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