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Sandusky Library offers many digital services

Tom Jackson • Jul 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM


The Sandusky Library has a long list of services available for library patrons with Internet access. Here is a quick guide:

• If you don't have a printer at home, or if you've discovered it isn't working for some reason, you can have a document sent remotely to the library printer, then come to the building to pick it up.

To learn how, scroll down on the library's home page (www.sandusky.lib.oh.us) for the "Cheat Sheets" area and click on "How to Print from Home to the Library's MFD Printer." 

• Hoopla, one the library's newest services, offers streaming music, movies, audiobooks and TV shows for your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The selection is pretty good, although some users have reported spotty performance on cell phones.

• Indieflix, another streaming service,  concentrates on foreign films and independent productions and is aimed at serious film buffs.

• Zinio offers digital versions of popular magazines.

• Via the library catalog, a large selection of ebooks can be downloaded that can be read on any digital device. In addition, there are lots of audiobooks that can be downloaded to smartphones and other devices. The audiobooks on smartphones work really well, and the ebooks can be read on a variety of devices, including phones, Kindles, Nooks, etc. (The library also will check out Nooks to patrons who don't have their own devices.)

• The Freegal music service provides three MP3 songs a week that patrons can download and keep, from Sony's large music catalog. All genres of music are represented.

Many of these services are offered by other local libraries; check your nearest library's website for details. 

Note that the Sandusky Library website has "Cheat Sheets" explaining how to use all of these services. If you still can't figure it out, call the library at 419-625-3834 to schedule a tutoring session with a library staff member.

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