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May 10 2010

From AARP to Z

by Vivian A

Although you can get many magazines online these days, to me there’s nothing better than sitting down with a good cup of coffee or tea and perusing the nice shiny pages of a magazine.

The library offers over 300 choices from AARP to Z magazine. This breaks out to 1700 subscriptions among the branches. We have three subscriptions in Chinese, three in Spanish and one in Russian. The issues found at most of the branches include Oprah, Newsweek and Essence.

Did you know you can check out up to five issues at a time for three weeks? If you’d rather look online, you can use GALILEO to search EBSCOhost or ProQuest. (See your reference librarian if you’re not sure how to do this.)
Unfortunately, DCPL has been hit with cutbacks and many subscriptions have been cut. My branch alone cut nearly thirty titles. There is a bright side to all this, the library accepts gift subscriptions from patrons like you. So the next time you’re missing your Economist or InStyle magazine, know that you can give back to DCPL.

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May 11 2009

Consumer Health Source

by Amanda L

This month the feature database is Consumer Health Complete. This database is one of the many sources the DeKalb County Library cardholders have access through GALILEO. All of these databases can be found on our Reference Databases page.

Have you or someone you loved been diagnosed with a disease by the doctor? Have you wanted to know more information but were afraid to ask the doctor? Consumer Health Complete is a good resource to learn more about diseases and health information.

Consumer Health Complete contains many electronic versions of Reference books that we have on the shelf like the Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs. You can browse the electronic versions of the Reference books or you can keyword search the books. Consumer Health Complete also has the type of documents it contains broken down by category such as Pamplet & Fact Sheets, Encyclopedias, Evidence-Based Reports, Images and Diagrams and Alternative Sources to name a few.

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Have you ever wished you could read an out of print book from your childhood? Perhaps you’ve been pining for one that you find listed on book seller sites, but their asking price is too steep. Maybe you’re interested in a book that’s just a few years old, but is not in the DCPL collection. Or you might need a copy of an article from a journal owned by colleges and universities that you can’t access/obtain through GALILEO.

All of these situations are great examples of when your DCPL Interlibrary Loan service can help. Interlibrary Loan is a technical sounding name for a wonderful process of sharing books between library systems that is happening every day in libraries all across the country. Numerous libraries participate in this, since no library (not even the Library of Congress) can own every book or journal that someone desires.

Neat, you say. So how do you get started?

You will want to visit your local DCPL branch and ask for an Interlibrary Loan Request form. This sets the whole process in motion. Be sure you let the staff at the desk know at which branch you’d like to pick up your book. It’s also very helpful if you give us as much information as you can about the item, particularly things like author, title, publisher, copyright date and ISBN.

Here are some important things to remember about Interlibrary Loan:

1, You will need an unblocked library card to make use of this process.

2. Reference books, CDs, videos and DVDs, and books published within the last year are not available through ILL.

3. There is a charge of $3.00 per item, and you may have up to 3 items in process at one time.

4. Since we’re borrowing from another library system, your items will take a bit longer to get; we recommend you allow for a minimum of two weeks.

Isn’t it great to know that you can borrow books outside your local library collection? Here’s one more reason to love your local DeKalb County Public Library.


Apr 22 2008

Check Out the New GALILEO!

by Chris S

One of the best services the Library has to offer is GALILEO, which stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online. With a DeKalb County Public Library card you get access to many many electronic resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, historical documents, and newspapers, not to mention academic and trade journals and other powerful research tools. GALILEO has been working on a web site redesign for the last couple of years and they just released their new version last month. Here’s a screenshot:


GALILEO is one the best resources you have at your fingertips. Don’t take our word for it, though – try it yourself!


Oct 24 2007

Books for GA college students

by Heather O

If you are enrolled in one of the 34 participating Georgia colleges, you may be able to order books online from any college in the state. Galileo offers a universal catalog for libraries in the University System of Georgia, with the GIL Universal Catalog students can request books from other university libraries in Georgia, renew their books, and manage their library accounts.

If you are a student and still can’t find your book outside of both the Georgia university system and Dekalb County Public Libraries, we offer inter-library loan through your local branches.

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