Technology Brings a World of Reliable Information to the Library

Need to find a Time magazine article from three years ago? Want to research the horse industry? Need a refresher before that big test? Head to the Vinita Public Library.

Journals, Magazines, Articles and More Online

You can find millions of magazine articles, dozens of dependable reference materials, and a host of medical, scientific, consumer and business resources. All of it is available through Digital Prairie Research, the online databases that are available to the state.

Librarians have always helped people find the right books and periodicals to answer their questions. The Internet has made this mission even more critical. Anyone can be a publisher on the Internet, so you have to be careful to make sure the information is reliable. Is it from a reputable source, or is it just someone’s opinion?

That’s what makes Digital Prairie so useful. All of these materials are from respected national publications and reference resources to assure their accuracy. You can get to Digital Prairie from home or wherever you are. This is especially helpful if you need reference information for work, or if your child needs homework help. All you need is a computer with Internet.

What if you need something that the library doesn’t have?

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Online information is great, but it won’t help if you want to read your favorite author, check out a book on a certain topic, or find something to read to your children.

If we don’t have the book you’re looking for, we can borrow it from another library. Libraries have always borrowed materials from each other through Interlibrary Loan, but the new technology helps us do this faster and more efficiently since we can ask to borrow materials electronically.

If we can’t find the book in-state, the Department of Libraries can help us borrow a copy from libraries worldwide. You can also borrow DVDs, CDs, audio books, large print books, graphic novels, and government documents through Interlibrary Loan.

Our mission hasn’t changed. We’re still here to meet the informational and recreational needs of our community. But today, we can provide so much more.

For more information on Digital Prairie or Interlibrary Loan, drop by the Vinita Public Library, call 918-256-2115.

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