Accessing Electronic Media in Berkeley County Libraries

Accessing Electronic Media in Berkeley County Libraries

Just with a couple of clicks of the mouse, you can pretty much check a book out of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries, without going there, through their online database.
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. -Libraries are doing all they can to keep up with technology, that includes access to e-books.  The problem is that a lot of people don't know how to access digital content.

Just with a couple of clicks of the mouse, you can pretty much check a book out of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries, without going there, through their online database.  While the system has been in place for two years, officials say most patrons are unaware.  Now, they are encouraging patrons to take advantage, especially students researching school projects. 

"I will always hear, I didn't know you had that, and for the last two years," said Kelly Tanksley, the Director of Development at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries.  "I have heard I didn't know you have that, and it continues today."

Tanksley says there is a sign-on process for library patrons to register. First, go to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries website, then click on electronic media, from there go click on one of the e-books category. You can search and pick your publication, but the final step requires you to create a username and password. 

"We have currently in the neighborhood of 2500 to 3000 e-books, that as a patron you can go on," said Tanksley.  "You can put a hold on it. It's all done, even at the ledger of your home. You can be at your home, order this book, you can download it and it is there for you."

Tanksley says you can also make financial decisions through database, such as investing or accessing a public company's financial report without paying for it. 

"Companies are transparent, and that's the way they are suppose to be," said Tanksley. "For people who want to be a part of them and be interested in them, so all we do is we hold all that information for you, so you come in and you type the information.  It's in that database."

Tanksley says you are allowed access to a reading source you choose for a certain amount of time, then it will expire automatically, unlike a physical book where you have to return it or pay a late fee.

According to officials, there are more than 50,000 patrons part of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries.

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