2013-11-07 / Local & State

POWER Library Serves As Online Portal To PA’s Library Resources

Looking for information and don’t know where to start? The Fulton County Library can help. Among the great online resources you can use right from home, is the Pennsylvania POWER Library, which recently unveiled a new look. Now all on one Web site (www.powerlibrary.org), this resource allows users to chat with a librarian, search e-resources, or find a book or photo from a library across the state.

Ever since Benjamin Franklin founded the nation’s first public library, Pennsylvanians have been emPOWERed by their libraries – to research, study, learn, communicate, discover new interests, develop new skills, retool their careers, and find their pathway through life.

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all available at POWER Library.

Not sure where or how to start? Librarians are on call 24/7 to direct you to Web sites and other e- resources, help you come up with keywords and search terms, and suggest some you haven’t considered.

POWER Library gives Pennsylvanians access to authoritative, subscription-only information not available through free search engines or Web directories. Publishers of the e-resources in POWER Library have carefully checked their products for accuracy.

Most of the site is open for browsing, but to use the online e-resources, you must have a library card issued by a library in Pennsylvania or you can obtain an eCard that will allow you to access the POWER Library e-resources. Don’t have a library card handy? Then complete the simple e-card application online.

POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century. Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society. POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

The Fulton County Library is open Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 717-485-5327.

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