BY MICHAEL KING CIRCULATION MANAGER
Did you know you can register to vote at the library? Any resident of St. Clair County can register to vote by bringing a valid photo ID and piece of mail with your current address. The last day the library can accept registrations is October 11th at 5 p.m., so act quickly!
In need of book recommendations to help you better understand the presidential candidates? Or did your friend tell you about a book that involves a girl on the plane, metro, bus, or some other public transportation, but you can’t remember the title? Our friendly staff can help you track down those difficult to remember titles.
The O’Fallon Library belongs to SHARE — the largest public library consortium in the world. We are able to borrow materials from all across southern Illinois, from Danville to Metropolis, and have them delivered to O’Fallon in 2-4 business days. If we can’t find your item in the SHARE catalog, we can check Worldshare to see if any library in the country will lend us the item you are looking for. Worldshare items typically arrive within 5-10 business days.
You can also access the SHARE catalog through our website, ofpl.info. Type a title, author, or any keyword into the search bar to find what you need. If the item is not available at O’Fallon, simply click the ‘Request It’ button to login and submit a request. When logging in, the default username is your library card number, which is located on the back of your card underneath the barcode. The default password is the last four digits of the phone number on your account. Once you login, you can visit the ‘Your Account’ section and change your username and password to whatever you wish.
Once requested items arrive, you may pick them up from the self-serve hold area located inside the main entrance. Items on this shelf are coded for privacy and are in order by the first letter of your last name and the last 4 digits of your library card number. Be sure to check out held items by using the self-checkout computers or taking them to a staff member. Not finding your items? Ask a staff member for help.
As part of our renovation project, the library installed a drive-up book return at the far end of the parking lot. Just turn into the first parking lot entrance and drive all the way past the library entrance sign. The book return is located in the last parking lot island. You may return books or media, but E-readers and any other electronic equipment must be returned inside the library during regular hours.