Users are not limited to just what the library has in its own holdings. Interlibrary loan is available whenever a user cannot find what he or she needs from the library’s collection. Materials may be borrowed from in and out of state to fill a request. Be sure to ask for help if you cannot locate the information you need. The librarian will help you search, and if what you need cannot be found you may wish to use the free Interlibrary Loan service.
SERVICE TO THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
Through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Mississippi Library Commission offers this free service to all Mississippians who are legally blind or are in any way physically unable to read and/or hold a conventional print item. Free cassette players and books on tape are available by registering at any branch library. Cassette players and tapes are mailed to the user’s home. Return mail is free, and the Library Commission will send as many new titles to the user as he or she returns to them. At the time of registration, the user will have the opportunity to state his or her reading interests, any special requests, and what type of equipment will be necessary. Call your local branch library for further information.
GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS
Several larger branches including Corinth, Booneville, Iuka, and Ripley, have separate genealogy and local history collections that are available for in-house use. U.S. Census records on microfilm are available at several branch locations as are journals on genealogical research, passenger lists, and more. Contact one of the 4 libraries listed above to inquire about a specific title.
PUBLIC COMPUTER ACCESS
Through a grant provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, most branch libraries have one or more computers available for public use. All computers access the Internet and contain the Microsoft Office Professional suite of word processing and Power Point programs.
PHOTOCOPY, FAX AND PRINTING SERVICES
Most branches of the library system have copiers and fax machines. Copies are 20 cents per page each for an 8 ½ X 11 or an 8 ½ X 14 sheet. The cost of sending a fax is $3 for the first page, $1 per page after that. The cost of receiving a fax is $1 per page.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS
Nine branches of the Northeast Regional Library offer free wireless Internet access. The service is available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. After hours the wireless connection is accessible from the libraries’ parking lots and elsewhere on library grounds. The service is offered at Corinth, Booneville, Iuka, Ripley, Baldwyn, Belmont, Walnut, Blue Mountain and Burnsville Libraries.
DROP BOXES FOR LIBRARY MATERIALS
Many branch libraries have outside book returns for return of library materials after hours. Inquire at your branch to find out the location of its book return.
Meeting rooms of various sizes are available for use by the public in several branches of the Northeast Regional Library. Fund raising events which are held solely for the support of the library (such as Friends of the Library book sales) may be held in these rooms. Other events which do not benefit the Library or which charge admission may not be held at the Library.
Branches which offer meeting rooms:
George E. Allen