Library Use is Increasing

             2012 was a very busy year for the Meigs County District Public Library.  Even with budget cuts still in effect, library usage has increased.  Some of the increase is due to the library’s membership in the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC), which allows for sharing materials with 6 other libraries in the region.  Meigs County is what is known as a “net lender” in the program.  Overall, we lend more items to other libraries in the consortium than the number of items our patrons borrow from consortium libraries.  That’s not to say our patrons don’t borrow a lot though. 
              Here are a few numbers from our recent annual state report.  The Meigs County Library currently has 22,142 registered borrowers, 16,406 of whom are adults and 5,736 of whom are children.  Of those registered, 7,907 have used their library card in the last 3 years.  Library staff circulated 169,913 items in 2012.  This number was made up of 133,368 adult items and 38,545 children’s items.  E-books hit an all-time high at MCDPL with 4,129 circulations in 2012.  We provided 12,122 items to be borrowed by other libraries around the state including 150 libraries in the MORE (Moving Ohio’s Resources Everywhere) Consortium, and the 6 libraries in our more local OVLC consortium.  From those same libraries, we borrowed 7,309 items for use by our patrons in Meigs County. 

Microfilm Available in Digital Format

              For those who have been wondering what happened to the library’s microfilm, wonder no more.  The microfilm was sent away to a company in Indiana to be digitized for easier use.  We now have all of the newspapers that were previously available on microfilm available on computer files that are searchable by key word.  The process, called OCR (optical character recognition), took about three months to complete, but it will make for much faster searching of old records for our genealogists and others interested in finding articles in old local newspapers.  The files are grouped in the same way the microfilm rolls were grouped, which means there are approximately three months of newspapers in a file.  The user can type in a name, or any key word, and the program will take you to the first instance of that word in the file.  If that isn’t the reference you were looking for, just click and the program takes you to the next instance of that word and so on through the entire file.

We're More Than Just Books

              Everybody knows the library has books of all kinds to help people further their education and just for enjoyment.  Almost everyone now thinks of the library as a great place to go to use a free public computer, but there are many services offered by your local Meigs County Library that you may not even realize are available.  Many of these services are available for free or at minimal cost.  The library has copy machines that are available for use by the public with black and white copies only 10 cents per page and color copies for 50 cents per page.  We offer fax service that is free to a local or toll free number and $1 per page to any domestic long distance number.  You can also receive faxes at the library for $1 per page.  Color copy service is available only at the Pomeroy Library.  Black and white copies and fax service are available at all library locations.
              The library’s notary service has been quite popular.  We have a notary available in each of our buildings any time the library is open.  There is no charge for notary service.  One of the relatively new services that the library offers is Passport photos.  Passport photos can be made at the Pomeroy Library only.  A special camera is used to make the photos to the exact specifications that are needed and you receive two photos on a sheet for $10.  This type of photos is used not only for passports, but also nursing licenses, concealed carry permits and for various other identification needs.  With the addition of this service, Meigs County residents no longer have to travel outside of the county to have a passport photo taken. 

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