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  • Writer's pictureMonique Gaddy

Easing Into E-Resources - Navigating our Website

Updated: Jan 4

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Sometimes websites can be confusing or contain a lot of information that you may not see unless you are committed to exploring. We have put a lot of thought and care into our website, and while sometimes things change, the essential functions will pretty much stay the same throughout updates. Read on to get some cool navigation tips while you are exploring our website!

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Carousel Slideshow

When you first land on our website, you will see a carousel slideshow that will show you all the most recent information that we have about our library. This information can be things like upcoming programs, information about changes in our services, or fun events like our library book sale! If you hover over the page and click, you will see details about the event. To get back to the main page, just click the Caldwell Public Library logo and it will take you back to home base. These slides constantly change to reflect the most current events and is one way you can keep up to date.

Our Hours and The Green Ribbon

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Our hours are located towards the top of the page, below the green ribbon. The green ribbon contains lots of information on various subjects and each category features a drop down menu that will let you explore more facets of what we have available. You can explore anything from online databases such as NoveList and, or sign up for contactless delivery. We also feature our library events calendar, curbside services, and tutoring appointment sign ups! Our library offers so much, and it can be overwhelming or time consuming to explore all the options. There is also a section that helps explain how some of the databases work, you can find that under niche academy. Niche academy offers a lot of other cool tutorial videos, so check those out as well while you are there! If you get lost in the databases and other fun website features, you can find your way back to the homepage as before, by clicking on the Caldwell Public Library logo.

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The Library Catalog

Maybe you're not interested in anything right now except for searching for your next awesome book. Not to worry, the catalog is featured on our website on the top right of the page. There you can log in to your account and put books on hold to be delivered to our library. I use this button all the time to do my own holds and searches for items for patrons or for myself. Pro tip - library catalogs are notoriously limiting and exacting when searching, so if you don't know the exact spelling of a book, DVD, or author, it may not show up in your search. I often google correct spelling of author names or titles so that I can type that into the catalog search bar and find exactly what I am looking for. If you really can't find an item there are two more ways you can possibly check it out. You can put in a library purchase request and see if we will add it to our collection, or you can place an interlibrary loan request and get a book from outside of our local library borrowing system. Both of these options require some extra patience for processing time, and have special guidelines to both, but they are always there to utilize. If you have further questions, feel free to explore the policies around both options or call, message, or ask a librarian when you next come in and we can help guide you through the process.

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Social Media Links and our Newsletter

To find our social media links or to sign up for our newsletter, look to the bottom of our website! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or subscribe and always be connected to what's happening at the library!

Do you have any favorite sections that you explore on our website? Is there anything that you would like to learn more of or something that you would like to see added? Let us know in the comments, call, email, message, schedule a tech tutor appointment, or drop in and ask for some guidance from one of our librarians!

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