Materials

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Books

Approximately 100,000 books are available for adults, young adults, and children. Several thousand new books are added each year.  15 books may be checked out to a borrower’s card for a period of three weeks.

E-Books

The library subscribes to OverDrive, a service which allows our patrons to download electronic books and audiobooks to their computers or to certain handheld devices.

Magazines

The library subscribes to approximately 225 magazines, from American History to Motor Trend to The Writer. Recent issues of magazines may be checked out at the branch library. In addition, electronic databases provide access to hundreds of magazines and journals.

Business and Financial Materials

The main library has Standard & Poor’s publications, Barron’s, Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, Value Line Investment Survey, Morningstar Mutual Funds, and other useful sources of business and investment information.

Newspapers

In addition to the Granite City newspaper and other area papers, the library has major newspapers including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. The library also subscribes to Newsbank, which provides on-line access to several major newspapers.

Auto Repair Manuals

The main library has a large selection of automotive repair manuals including Mitchell and Chilton manuals as well as the Mitchell’s Online database. Other self-help manuals on a variety of subjects are also available.

Card Catalog/Interlibrary Loan

The Six Mile Regional Library District is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System with access to an automated card catalog. This web catalog contains the holdings of SMRLD plus many other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System. In the web catalog, you can browse material holdings, view your library account, renew materials or request an item from another library to be delivered to SMRLD for pickup! To begin searching, please head over to our online catalog and login by clicking My Account > Login / Register.  Have your library card number ready.  Your default password is the last four digits of the phone number you gave the library.   Once signed in, the password can be changed by going to My Account > My Record and clicking Change Logon.  You can also setup a username that is much easier to remember than your library card number.

In addition, books and other materials may often be borrowed from other libraries throughout Illinois and elsewhere. Ask the reference librarian for more details.

Library Service for Non-Residents

Because the library is financially supported by the taxes paid by residents of the Six Mile Regional Library District, it is necessary to charge persons living outside the library district a fee for a library card. An annual non-resident card may be purchased for $97.50 and used by the entire household.

Outside Book Return

For your convenience, a drive-up book return box is located at the main library and at the branch.

Audio Recordings

Musical and nonmusical audiocassettes, as well as recorded books, are available at the main library for home use. Compact discs can be found at the branch library.  4 items may be checked out for a period of three weeks.

Videocassettes and DVDs

Several hundred special-interest videocassettes on a variety of subjects, in addition to movies on video, are available at the main and branch libraries. Each library has a small but growing collection of DVDs.  6 DVDs and 15 VHS  may be checked out for a period of one week.

Information/Reference Service

When you have a question or need information on any subject, come to the reference desk at the main library, call 452-6238, or send an email to reference@smrld.org. We will be happy to search the library’s large collection of reference materials for the information you need.

Internet Access

You may search the Internet at either the Main or the Branch Library. Persons under eighteen need a parent’s permission. Internet computers may also be used for word-processing activities.

The Main and the Branch have wireless access for your own personal laptop or notebook.

Photocopy Service

A self-service photocopier is available for use at the Main and Branch locations. Copies are 10 cents each.

FAX Service

Both the Main library and the Branch offer FAX service. the cost to FAX a document is $1.00 per page, and may be sent anywhere in the United States. The library will provide a cover page at no charge.

Please note that we will manage outgoing FAX documents only.  We will not accept any incoming FAX documents.

Activities for Children

Storytimes, crafts, and other programs for children are held at the main and branch libraries. An extensive summer reading program encourages children to use the library year-round.

Genealogy Materials

To help you in tracing your family history, the main library has general how-to guides; books with information on marriage records, obituaries, wills, ship passenger lists, etc.; and some of the federal census microfilm for Illinois and Tennessee.

Two databases, HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry, provides computer access to federal census records for all U.S. states and to thousands of family and local histories; immigration records; and other sources of information for genealogists. HeritageQuest is available from your home computer as well as from computers at the main and branch libraries.

Extension Service

A delivery van takes materials to homebound residents.

Gifts

Monetary gifts to the library in memory of, or in honor of, a friend or relative are always appreciated. Special envelopes for this purpose may be picked up at either the main or the branch library.

Other Databases

In addition to online databases mentioned elsewhere on this page, the library also subscribes to:

p4a Antiques Reference. Gives current market values of a wide range of antiques and collectibles.
Magill’s Medical Guide. An up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information suitable for student research as well as use by general readers.