Monday, January 15, 2007

Technology in the Library

As found in most of the libraries we have visited during this course, technology is becoming more and more prevalent in this field.

At Bensenville Library, computers are available for patron use, offering Internet access, Microsoft Word works, and even printing for an additional fee.

This pod in the library contains 6 computers. Patrons have a one-hour limit on the computers if there are other patrons waiting to use one.

In addition, the library offers a separate computer lab with additional computers, including one set in Spanish for the many Hispanic users in Bensenville.

In the back, there are additional tables for group work or studying.
Bensenville Library also holds ESL (English as a Second Language) classes twice a week through the college of DuPage in the library for the large majority of Spanish-speakers in Bensenville.
The library also has an online catalog, and books can be renewed online or by phone.

Even the children's section has four computers with monitored Internet access and educational games, complete with kid-sized stools.