Thanks to a new service offered by the Placer County Library system, patrons can now read stories and view photographs from more than 2,000 magazines and newspapers online from the comfort of their homes, schools or offices.
The new service is available through the county's library web site to anyone who has a valid Placer County library card. Users will click on the EBSCOhost link, particularly for magazines, and other sources including some newspapers. The News Bank link is the most direct way to find regional California and national newspapers.
The availability of these databases is part of an overall strategy supported by the library and its Information Technology Division to provide 24/7 access to County resources. Already library customers can place holds on materials and renew them from the Library’s iBistro catalog. Additional services in planning are access to the holdings of other libraries in the region and new databases and enhancements to the library Web site.
"These online data bases should be tremendously helpful to residents, whether they are students writing papers, football fans seeking updates on favorite teams, business people researching national media for business trends or people pursuing an interest in the arts," said Mark Parker, Director of Library Services. "We are very pleased to be offering this service."
These databases are updated daily. Users must install a free .pdf reader on their computers, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Apple’s Preview, to read the full text articles.
Library cards can be obtained by applying at any branch of the Placer County Library in Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Kings Beach, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Penryn, Rocklin, and Tahoe City. A bookmobile also serves customers at locations throughout the County including Newcastle, Sheridan, Michigan Bluff, Iowa Hill, Alta, Dutch Flat, and at several locations in Auburn and outside of Lincoln. Additional information may be found at the Library’s Web site or by calling the Library at (530) 886-4510.