March 2020

Dear ORLA Community,

Thank you all for your patience and support during these trying times. We hope that you are safe and well!

Even though our physical locations remain closed (tentatively until April 6), we want you to know that we are still here to serve you in many ways! We continue to provide you with information and resources while also being available for any questions you may have.

We wanted to reach out to provide some general updates for your most pressing questions. If your question or issue isn’t addressed below, please email us at info@oilregionlibraries.org. Also, be on the look out for more information in our latest monthly newsletter due to release next week!

LIBRARY UPDATES:

When are Oil Region Libraries reopening? Currently, our locations will remain closed through Monday, April 6. We will send out further updates including a notice of when we reopen.

I currently have items checked out… Am I going to have overdue fines? Nope! Items checked out from any 3 locations will not accrue any overdue fines during our closure period. 

When are my items due? Items will continue to auto-renew up to 2 times. At the earliest, your items will be due on the date we reopen (this includes Interlibrary loans). Additionally, our libraries will offer a one week fine-free grace period once we reopen to give you the proper amount of time to return your items. 

Can I return my items now? We kindly ask that you please refrain from using our book return during this time as staff have limited access to our buildings. More importantly, we want to keep you safe and minimize any travelling you have to do. Enjoy the extra reading time!

How can I use my library while it’s closed? There are plenty of ways! Below we’ve listed some of our most popular digital resources, available to you 24/7 at no cost. All you need is your library card!

What if my card isn’t working? Likely, your card has hit the annual renew date. Just email us at info@oilregionlibraries.org and we’ll get you updated! Please let us know your first name, last name, card # (if known), and current address. This also applies to out-of-town cardholders! We’ll update you through this time frame so you can continue utilizing all of our resources.

We appreciate any amount you are able to contribute and we will ensure that the money will be used to help further our mission.

Local Databases

Accessible with your County Card!

Newspaper Archive is a great resource for historical and genealogical information.  A compilation of newspapers from around the world include access to articles dating back to as early as the 1600’s up to modern times.  Local historic newspapers include “The Blizzard”, “The Derrick” and “Oil City Register”.

Computer Skills Center-Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. Skill level goes beyond basic to advanced.

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator – Get detailed information on more than 1,100 occupations. Find careers that match your skills and interests. Access millions of current job and internship postings.  Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and more. Job & Career Accelerator is your guide to getting hired. What are you waiting for – get started now!

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Gale Small Business Planner– helps patrons interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofits. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise. If prompted for a password, use pl2612.

Access Gale Legal Forms for all of your form needs! Whether it’s for real estate, power of attorney, custody, name change or more! Gale is here to provide for all of your legal form needs. If prompted for a password, use pl2612.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy: Online preschool! Award Winning Curriculum that lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success. It is aligned with preschool and elementary standards supporting kindergarten preparation and classroom instruction. It is optimized for smart devices thus extending its use beyond home and school. Includes: Cognitive Skills Assessments, Kindergarten Readiness Development Checklist, Weekly Progress Reports, and Augmented Reality Lessons. If prompted for a password, use pl2612.

Access Gale Virtual Reference Library for all of your reference needs.  Available anytime, easy to access and search material, plus citation support and exporting capabilities!  There are a wide variety of subjects including education, health/medicine, history, environment, business and much more!  If prompted for a password, use pl2612.

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, MusicBox Films, Samuel Goldwyn,The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.  Learning with Mango is organized, practical, and totally painless. And the most important part? It actually works.

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks – anywhere, anytime.  All you need is a library card!  OverDrive provides access to the most digital content available anywhere.  Check out items from our collection or search the entire OverDrive collection for titles to recommend.

Explore the selection of resources on POWER Library This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Choose from our selection of  “top 55” magazines using RB Digital! Use your library card to gain unlimited access to complete issues of all our popular magazines.