Friday, May 14, 2010

Good Stuff from the NH State Library

Here's a sampling of what we're able to offer Merrimack residents through the support of the New Hampshire State Library.

If you need a book, DVD or audiobook that we don't own, we can probably get it for you through the New Hampshire State Inter-Library Loan service. Let us know if you need help getting materials - we're more than happy to help.

We subscribe to many online databases through the NH State Library, which saves the town approximately $8,000 a year.

Here's an example of how to use one of the databases:

If you like using Consumer Reports before you make a purchase, you can do that online in the library or, if you have a library card and pin number, from home.
  • Go to the database list at the Merrimack Public Library website.
  • Click on "EBSCO Host."
  • Click on "Adult Services Resources."
  • Click on "Masterfile Premier."
  • At the top of the page type in what you are searching for (e.g. "dryers").
  • In the "Limit Your Results" section check off the box for "full text"
  • In the"Publications" box, type "Consumer Reports."
  • Click on "Search."
You will get the most current articles at the top of your results list. Click on "PDF" if you want to see the full text of an article. You have a choice at this point of printing the document, saving it, or emailing it.

You can download, at no cost, audiobooks and ebooks to your computer, mp3 or ipod. To do this go to New Hampshire Downloadable Books. On the top left of the page is a button that says "Guided Tour" which will explain how this all works. There's a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, teen and children's books available for download.

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