Crossfield library becomes part of Marigold Library System
Crossfield library patrons can now access additional resources including a catalogue containing more than three million items.
The Crossfield Library joined the Marigold Library System, effective Jan. 1, after staff received requests from patrons wanting to access more resources, including e-books.
“It’s really exciting,” said Loriea Anderson, library manager, adding the library board invited Marigold staff to present options of switching over to their system.
“We realized that as time goes on and e-resources become more popular, patrons will want them,” she said, noting that the cost of providing the resources would be too much for the library to support alone.
Electronic resources include access to a database of magazine and newspaper subscriptions with information on a variety of topics such as genealogy, language learning, auto repair, hobbies and crafts and Freegal music download services.
Anderson said as memberships come up for renewal, patrons will notice a cost increase. Family passes will increase from $20 to $25, individual memberships will cost $20, students 12-18 and senior’s memberships will be $10 as well as seniors, a new category.
Children younger than 12, who aren’t covered by a family membership, can access the library books and resources for free.
In January, the library will offer an orientation session for the public to learn how to use the online catalogue and inter-library loans.
Anderson said employees will be available to assist those using the online catalogue.
Rocky View residents can register for their card at any Marigold member library including Crossfield, Airdrie, Irricana, Beiseker, Chestermere and Cochrane. Marigold serves more than 240,000 residents in south-central Alberta and has 26 libraries, 15 paperback deposits, direct online services and a book-by-mail service.