We’re all familiar with the expression What you see is what you get – meaning that nothing is hidden. There is nothing more to see than what you see at the surface. It’s also an acronym used in computing and web building, pronounced wizi-wig, which refers to the situation in which the display screen portrays an accurate visual rendition of the web page. This, however, is not an expression that applies to today’s public library. What you don’t see is just as important as what you do see.
When you walk into our library today, you’ll see shelf signs for Fiction, Non-Fiction, New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks, Large Print Books and a dozen more materials. What you won’t see are shelf signs for Downloadable Books, Streaming Videos, Electronic Databases or Online Encyclopedias. You won’t see shelf signs, because no shelves are needed. These resources are only available online, and online resources are invisible to anyone browsing through the library shelves. In the public library, what is not visible is just as important as what is visible.
Today’s library user needs to be aware that there are two libraries existing side-by-side – one in physical space and one in virtual (online) space. Each space offers unique and valuable resources.
We invite you to browse the online virtual library and to become as comfortable in that space as you are in the physical library. Explore the OverDrive service for e-books and downloadable audiobooks. Download the OverDrive Libby app to access this unique resource on your smartphone or tablet. Login to Hoopla for streaming video, audiobooks, ebooks, music, comics and television shows. Use the hoopla app to cast a hoopla video to your television. Create an account in Freegal to download and keep your favorite music – from the most recent pop hits to classical. Browse through the RBdigital collection of popular magazines – including Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, ESPN, Country Living and dozens more. Read the magazine online or download and keep it as long as you like; or use the Flipster app to consult our online edition of Consumer Reports. You’ll find all of these resources in our eLibrary. They are available to you at any time – day or night – on the library’s website, raynhampubliclibrary.org. They’re not on our shelves, but they are waiting for you online. You can access them through your computer workstation, smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Need help in discovering these wonderful resources? We’ve prepared brochures on each of the services to help you get started. We also offer one-on-one assistance very Thursday morning at 11:00. Just drop-in to get your questions answered. You can also schedule an appointment at a time convenient for you. Experience the library is a totally new way; join us in the eLibrary.