Technology is playing a major role in how we seek and find the information that we need. Even though there is a ton of information at our finger tips through the internet it is difficult to find proper, concise, and helpful information. Much of the information on the internet is not academic and can be misleading. However, there are many educational and beneficial services that are offered online. Unfortunately, many of them go undiscovered. That is where libraries are filling the gap.
Hamilton County Library offers access to many online resources to help patrons seek out the information they need. Whether that means: allowing Patrons to access the internet on one of the Library’s computers, being able to search for books on the online catalog, connecting patrons with numerous other helpful websites and materials. These Resources will provide patrons with continued education, fun, and provide help completing tasks for business and everyday needs. Resources are varied and will cover a wide range of support to our patrons. The Library has long been a source of education, but it is also a place of imagination and discovery. Resources are available both online and at Hamilton County Library.
“Education is becoming more and more
important…technology is playing a major role in how
we seek and find the information that we need.”
Resources Available Through Hamilton County Library
The Biggest resource that Hamilton County Library offers is access to the internet itself. The Hamilton County Library has six desktop computers that are able to connect to the internet. The Hamilton County Library has a public WiFi that the community can use 24/7. Also available are MiFi Hotspots which allow you to connect your phone or other electronic devices to the internet wherever you go. This means that students, business associates, and the community never have to fear about not being able to access the internet, even if they are on a trip!
The Online Catalog is a major online resource that the Hamilton County Library offers. Through the Online Catalog patrons can login to their accounts and search for books that the library offers. Any Non-fiction or Fiction book, CD, or DVD the Library has will show up for their search. Patrons can also reserve items so they can check it out later. Many times people do not want to spend thirty minutes looking for a book. Now Patrons can find the book they want through a quick online search. Patrons are also able to renew the books they have checked out, check on the status of their books. The Online Catalog can be found here.
Can’t find the book that you need? Hamilton County Library can loan the book you are looking for from another library in Kansas. This is accomplished by all the libraries cooperating together. When you request a book, audiobook or DVD from Inter-Library Loan; Hamilton County Library asks the other libraries in Kansas to send their copy of the item that was requested. When Hamilton County Library receives it, the patron can pick it up. When the patron returns it, Hamilton County Library sends the copy back to the Library that loaned it. Please allow up to one week after requesting a item for the item to arrive at Hamilton County Library. To request a book, audiobook, or DVD, simply ask a librarian at Hamilton County Library to request a book through Inter-Library Loan.
The Hamilton County Library has a wide collection of Non-Fiction books that will provide reference for any educational or professional need. The Hamilton County Library offers Non-Fiction books that cover a Multitude of information. Some of the areas covered are:
- Religion and Philosophy
- Planting and Home Improvement
- Car Manuel’s
Book Reference-Readers Advisory
Finding information on a book can be difficult. However, there are several websites that are very helpful. Whether you are trying to find a book in a series, an author, or a new read, these websites will help you find exactly what you are looking for.
The Online Catalog contains all of the books that Hamilton County Library has. After logging into your account, you can search for books that are available and even renew the books that you have checked out. The Online Catalog can also provide you with all of the information you need to know about a book. What books are in the same series, author information, and even suggested reads-based on author, series and book similarities. It also has excerpts for some of the books so you can decide if you are interested in an item before ever checking it out. Once you have found the item you need you can simply: see if an item is available, put an item on hold, or make a list for future reference.
Additional Reference Webpages
KDL Whats Next
The KDL-Whats Next website is dedicated to books series. It is very helpful if you are needing to find a series or if you need to know the order of the books in a series. You can search for a series by author’s first and last names, title of series, or the title of a book.
Goodreads is a very helpful site. By searching for a book or author a lot of information is available all in one spot. Look up information on books, author information, series information and more! Also available at Goodreads is a vast amount of reviews and book lists created by Goodreads users.
This Accelerated Reader website allows you to search for the reading level and point value of any book that has an accelerated reader test. Search by book title, author, or ISBN. This website is very useful for students, parents and teachers.
Cant Find a good book to read? Don’t know where a certain book is located? Looking for the next book in your favorite series? Never fear, The librarians at Hamilton County Library can help you locate any book that you might need. They can also help you find the next great book you are looking for. Their knowledge of authors, books, and a knowledge of the Library, will help you locate the right book for you.
Technology Based Services
The Hamilton County library offers several technology based services for a minimal fee to the community. These services are:
- Receive and Send Faxes
- Print Documents
- Copy Documents
- Laminate Documents
- Scan Documents to E-Mail or File
- Accu-cut Room
For more information about these Technology Based Services go to our Services page.
Be on the look out for Classes, hosted by Hamilton County Library, instructing patrons on how to access these wonderful resources that are available.
For more information regarding these services or resources contact the Hamilton County Library at (620) 384-5622 or stop by Hamilton County Library from 9-5:00 Mon, Wed, Fri and 9-6:00 T, Th