State-wide Inter-library Loans Suspended After May 16

Due to changes at the Connecticut State Library, the Bristol Public Library System will suspend inter-library loan services through the statewide ReQuest network beginning May 16 until a new state-wide system is in place in the autumn.

How will this affect you? If an item you desire is not available through our consortium, Library Connection, we will not be able to get it for you until the new state-wide system is in place. However, as Library Connection comprises 30 libraries, the majority of item requests placed are readily filled and very few patrons will be affected.

Remember, as long as the Connecticard program remains funded, your Bristol library card is valid at any public library in the state and you are welcome to visit libraries outside our consortium to borrow their items directly from them.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is Here!

SERRC_button_100x50Falling is here! Getting ready to fire up your leaf blower or chainsaw or – if you’re more the pessimistic type – your snow blower? No matter what sort of small engine you’re ready to use, it might need a little tune-up. In that case, the Small Engine Repair Reference Center, available online through our website, is at your service!

Simply go to bristollib.com, click on “Public Services,” and then “Research & Information.” From there, click on Small Engine Repair Reference Center and choose your engine. You’ll need your valid Bristol Library card to access the site, but it’s 100% free of charge.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center Screenshot

Free Downloadable Magazines With Your Library Card!

10443547_10152490060501628_651486658760151263_nNow you can read popular magazines on your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone for free with your valid Bristol library card!

Zinio for libraries offers full digital copies — identical to the print edition — of your favorite magazines to view on your computer or mobile device. We have subscriptions to 20+ popular and specialty magazines, including high-demand titles like Weight Watchers and Martha Stewart Living. Best of all, there no due dates or overdues, so you will never have to wait for a magazine to be returned by another reader!

To get started, click on the Zinio button on our site, bristollib.com, or go directly to rbdigital.com/bristolct. You MUST have a valid Bristol library card to access Zinio.

The libraries’ subscription to Zinio also includes access to Recorded Books’ OneClickdigital Classics Collection! Download a terrific collection of eBooks and eAudio for free with your valid Bristol library card.
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  • Simple ‘One Click’ download process
  • Mobile apps available for iPad, iPhone, Android, & Kindle Fire
  • Available 24/7
  • No waiting lists — unlimited availability of titles
  • Register and use the service from home

Want to get started with OneClickdigital? All you need to get started is your valid Bristol library card number! Register at our OneClickdigital download page @ bristollibraryct.oneclickdigital.com. OneClickdigital mobile and desktop apps are available for most devices.

☆ We Built A TARDIS ☆

“The librarians have the phone box!” Wait. WHAT? Yes, we have a TARDIS in our lobby! Our TARDIS isn’t just a refurbished “dimensionally transcendental” filing cabinet, it’s also an Awesome Box. The Awesome Box is a way for you to anonymously share books, CDs, and DVDs that you enjoyed with other patrons. Just put your awesome item in our TARDIS-shaped Awesome Box when you are ready to return it.

If your awesome item is overdue, please have a librarian check the book in before you place it in our TARDIS so you do not continue to accrue fines. Please return less awesome items to the regular book drops.

You can see what’s “Recently Awesome” by visiting the Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome page at bristollibct.awesomebox.io, clicking on the Awesome Box tab on bristollib.com, or following @BristolLibCT on Twitter. If you see something awesome that you want to borrow, click on the item and you will be taken to its record in the catalog. From there you can read more about the item or place it on hold.

Bristol Public Library System’s Awesome Box is inspired by, and presented in collaboration with, the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. For more about the Awesome Box program, visit awesomebox.io.

It’s going to be an AWESOME summer.

(As for WHY our Awesome Box looks like a TARDIS … well, the librarians who decide these things really like Doctor Who!)

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