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You and Your Library

Learn about all the resources available at a library near you

Most people know that libraries offer a lot of different resources these days - but many people don't know the full range.

This course covers:

  • Different kinds of libraries and what they offer
  • How to learn more about library services.
  • How to find materials in libraries (and on library shelves)
  • How to explore a collection and find new things.
  • Useful library services you may not be aware of
  • Ways to get access to databases and books at other libraries.
  • A troubleshooting guide to help with some situations people run into.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at people who use the library for research or learning new things. The information will also help if you use it for pleasure reading, or for kids programs, but it's not focused on that.

What kind of libraries, and where?

My experience is in libraries in the United States, but many of the resources I discuss work similarly in other countries (at least English-speaking ones) and I've included links or information to help you find resources for your area as appropriate.

(If you've got a question about a particular location or country, I'm glad to find appropriate information and add it to the course materials, too.)


Your Instructor


Jenett Silver
Jenett Silver

I'm Jenett.

I've been working in libraries since 2000, and earned my Master of Library Information Science degree in 2007. Since then I've worked in a school library, a college library, and now in a special library (Learn all about these types of libraries in part one of this course.) And of course, I've used the public libraries everywhere I've lived since I was tiny.


Class Curriculum


  Quick intro to the course (and me)
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  Additional Resources
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
There's no set start or end date - you can take as long as you like. And I'm available through email or the comment pages on this course if you have questions.
How long do I have access to the course?
As long as you'd like! Once you enroll, you can access the material for this course as much as you like, on any device you like, for as long as it's available.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
It's a free course, and I can't exactly give you a refund for your time. But if it's not what you expected, or if information wasn't helpful to you, I'd love to hear about it so I can make improvements.

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