Your Library @ Home

YOUR LIBRARY@HOME

Can you give me a list of everything I’ve checked out in the past?
What databases do you have?
Can I access your databases from home?
Why should I use your databases instead of Google?
Can I request books and other items from home?
Can I view the catalog from home?
Can I find out what my child has on his card from home?
What is Library Elf?

 

Can you give me a list of everything I’ve checked out in the past?

No. Due to privacy issues, once you return an item back to the library (and paid any fines if there are any), there is no longer any way to determine what you’ve checked out in the past. However, there is a new feature on your account that YOU can activate called “Reading History.” This feature will keep a list of any items checked out on your card. You can also edit the list or turn it off at any time.TOP

What databases do you have?

The list is long and does change from time to time. The best way to determine our databases is to take a look at the links on the left side of our web page. We’ll also be highlighting specific databases from time to time in the center section.TOP

Can I access your databases from home?

Yes. All of our data bases are accessible from home if you have a valid library card. Some data bases are purchased with local funds and are therefore only available to patrons of the owning library. If you have any trouble accessing any data bases, give us a call and we’ll do our best to figure out what’s gone wrong.TOP

Why should I use your databases instead of Google?

Google, as well as any other search engine, executes a search of anything that’s been posted to the Web. Although sorted for relevance, there’s no vetting for accuracy. The academic data bases that the library subscribes to are checked for accuracy and in that regard are no different from opening a print newspaper, magazine or encyclopedia. The non-academic databases have additional information that you might not find in a Google search. And finally, all of the data bases have proprietary information that aren’t available on the Web and therefore, won’t be found in the results of a Google search.TOP

Can I request books and other items from home?

Yes. Just log onto your account (easy to do from the right side of the Library’s web page) and you can place as many holds as you like. You choose which library you want to pick up from – and it doesn’t have to be your home library. But remember, if you have fines in excess of $10, you won’t be able to place any holds.TOP

Can I view the catalog from home?

Yes. You can view the catalog, as well as all of the data bases that East Fishkill Community Library subscribes to, from any Internet computer anywhere.TOP

Can I find out what my child has on his card from home?

If you have the library card and PIN number, you can access any card in your family. For a really handy way to keep tabs on multiple cards, check out ELF.TOP

What is Library Elf?

ELF is a product that was developed by a Canadian company. It will help you keep track of your library materials by contacting you with updates on what’s coming due, what’s overdue, what you placed on holds and what’s currently checked out to you. You can put multiple cards on one account and ELF is free to use. You can sign up here. ELF will notify you by email, RSS or a text message  – it’s your choice.TOP

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