eBooks makeover local public library

Greensburg Hempfield Public Library
With a library card, patrons can go online and check out eBooks from the comfort of their homes. The public library is located on South Pennsylvania Avenue

Bookworms and movie buffs alike can find all they need in the Greensburg Hempfield Public Library. From children’s books and DVDs to popular fiction and recent released blockbusters, this library has it all and more.

Cesare Muccari, Library Director, has spent the last eight months preparing for a new addition to his library: eBooks.

According to Muccari, anyone with a library card can check out an eBook, but just like a real book, if the eBook is already checked out, the user will be placed on a waiting list to rent it. If a book is in public domain, however, multiple copies may be checked out at once.

According to Muccari, libraries should always be in the forefront for new technology, especially media related technology.

Currently the Greensburg Hempfield Area Public Library has around 500 titles in eBook format, not including those listed in public domain. Muccari’s plan is to purchase new titles as they become listed on the New York Time’s bestseller list.

Library members who want to take advantage of the eBook program must have a device to download eBooks onto, whether it be an iPad, Nook or Sony eReader.

“iPads are easy,” said Muccari. “Those using a Nook, for example, must download the book to their computer first and then upload it to the device.” Currently, the Kindle cannot download eBooks rented from the library.

“With eBooks, we don’t have to worry about late fees,” said Muccari. An eBook checked out at the library will last for 7-10 days before readers lose access to it.

According to Muccari, individuals can renew the book by visiting the website, but may be put on a waiting list, depending on the popularity of the title.

In addition to print and eBooks, the library has an extensive DVD collection with over 5,000 titles ranging from new theatrical releases to classics, television shows and foreign films.

According to Muccari, the children’s section, which houses both books and a number of children’s DVDs is perfect for education majors. Thirty-one percent of the library’s circulation is solely DVDs and Blu-ray.

According to senior Gregory Kerestan, a former employee at the library, the best thing about the library is the DVD collection. “It’s all free, so if you’re short on cash, it’s a better option than Netflix,” he said.

The public library is on a network with 20 other public libraries in the Westmoreland County area.

Library cardholders can view the card catalog for all of these libraries from the website and can request inter-library loans for no additional fees.

The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library is home to over 85,000 books and houses wireless Internet for complementary use.

Greensburg is home to many other hidden treasures, but a travel down South Pennsylvania Avenue is a great place to start. Whether you’re interested in coffee, fashion or just reading a good book, this street has plenty to offer.

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