Humboldt Library Gets Grant To Go Online
The next time you want to check out a book from the library, you can browse what is available without ever leaving your home. That is because dozens of West Tennessee libraries are going online, all thanks to a $3,200 technology grant. Librarians told 7 Eyewitness News the web-based system is a growing trend, and could eventually be in every library across the state. Carolyn Stewart has been coming to the Humboldt Library for 30 years, and said she cannot wait to use Illumanitor - a new web-based system that launched just last week. "With people that read as much as we do, and listen to DVDs and audio books and that sort of thing. It's really going to be a help," Stewart said. Librarians said it takes the library right to a person's home. "The person can check everything that they want from the home. The only thing they have to do is come in and pick it up," said Diane Wright, director of the Humboldt Library. And they can do it, not just from home, but from anywhere online. Customers can now reserve books, DVDs, and CDs right on the library's website. They can also check on fines, and keep track of books they have read or want to read. And there is a link to where visitors can download books to their Kindle or iPad. Wright said their old system, in place for 15 years, was too outdated. "It did nothing for the patrons and it has no support for it now. There's not a lot we could do with it, so we are thrilled to death to have this new technology," said Stewart. Wright said she thinks the new system will get more people reading and coming to the library, just like Stewart. She said the library will cover the costs of the yearly maintenance fees for the system, but as more libraries participate, the cost will go down.