Digital library is available around the clock for area public libraries

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Libraries in the Southern Tier System, including those in Penn Yan, Branchport and Dundee and reading centers in Middlesex and Rushville, are making a digital branch library available to residents around the clock at www.stls.org.   Those too busy, or working too many hours to get to the library when it is open, can download or request items from home.  This digital library brings library information and resources to you.

Library card holders have easy access to audio books, magazine articles, eBooks and more. Neighbors can save time with convenient service available when they need it. No more hunting for items under beds, couches, or car seats.  Electronic materials are never overdue, and never get lost.

Residents can also borrow DVDs and CDs and printed books, choosing from over one million items and placing a request online in the STARCat catalog. When the item arrives at the borrower’s home town library, the borrower gets a call letting them know that the book or CD is ready to be picked up.  Most items come so quickly, it’s like the library is reading your mind.

The Southern Tier Library System enables library users to place holds electronically on materials owned by libraries throughout the region, provides interlibrary loan from state and national resources, provides delivery service to libraries in the five county region six days a week, maintains STARCat, a regional online database of  1 million books, audiobooks, videos, music recordings and other materials, assists libraries to provide services to older adults and people who are deaf or blind, provides consultant services and continuing education for member libraries, and supports a wide-area telecommunications network. Southern Tier Library System is chartered by the Regents and funded by New York State to serve 48 libraries, branches, and reading centers in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties.