LAPL Treasures


Online Resources from the
Los Angeles Public Library


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Have you ever taken the time to really explore the
Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) website?
If not, you'll be amazed!
Fun to browse!       Informative and interesting!
Well-worth the time!

 

LAPL TREASURES, now called Library Collections and Resources: Find wonderful resources:

1. Library Catalog: Search for whatever you want, place it on hold, and request delivery to Encino-Tarzana Branch Library. If an item is not available for a hold (e.g. video, DVD), you might be able to get it by calling the Branch that has it and requesting that it be sent to Encino-Tarzana Branch; you'll be called or get email when it arrives.

Central Library

Also on the Catalog screen you can look at: Hot Titles, books most popular during a 2-week period; and even join an Online Book Club [if you don't have time for our FOL Book Club]. Also, there is a list of other Local Libraries.

2. Photo Collection - LAPL has more than 60,000 images online, focusing on Los Angeles, Southern California Life, and California History. You can search, look at the Overview, read the FAQs. or order a copy of a photograph for a minimum fee.

3. Visual Collections: Local History Collections (e.g. Photos, California Index, map collection, city directories, labels, menus, theatre; and other historical collections: fashion plates, bookplates, travel posters, movie posters.

4. e-Media: Borrow by downloading e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos, and e-Music, with Library Lending Policies. Library collections are delivered through various partners.

5. LAPL Reads: Reviews by librarians; Book Lists recommended by Library Staff; Resources (Awards, Bestsellers, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Library Resources; New & In Demand titles; and RSS Feeds).

6. Web Resources: - This is LAPL's Guide to the Internet.
    · Search Engines - They help guide you to the information you want on the Internet. Each search engine works a little differently. We suggest your start with Google, and next Bing, and then compare results with all the others when you have the time.
    · Subject Categories- Almost every topic you might want is here. For example, book club members, click on "Literature."

7. Research and Homework - This is like having your own personal librarian! Some examples: "Environmental Impact Reports," "Genealogy." There are literature guides, e.g. "African-American Literature," "Book Reports/Book Reviews/Criticism," "Literary Criticism Locator," "Poem Locator," "Readers' Advisory," "Short Story Locator."

8. Word Processing - Have the use of a Word Processor for writing papers or articles, including a resume program, Using Google Docs or Microsoft's Sky Drive. Many "Help" topics are available.

9. Ask a Librarian: Did you know that you can get your questions answered by "talking" with a librarian via phone, fax, email, or online, 24/7?

10. Jobs & Money Guides: Job Hunting Guide and Financial Resource Guide

11. About the Library: Our "hidden treasures" - a sampling:

    a. General Information - how the Library functions
    b. Central Library - The best treat of all - under Planning Your Visit: Art and Architecture in Central Library - a descriptive tour of the Central Library; a click on each illustration will fill the screen! Also click on each of the Subject Departments for details, descriptions of materials and collections, and other helpful resources, guides, etc.

12. Support Your Library:

    a. Library Foundation and Foundation Events - Library Foundation provides additional financial support for LAPL programs and technology. Foundation Events lists their ongoing programs and series. You can join the Foundation.
    b. Friends of the Library - describes the overall Friends' groups and other LAPL Support Groups, including our Encino-Tarzana Branch.
    c. Library Store - you don't have to travel downtown to take advantage of the Library Store and its many gift items for readers, writers, children, and books about Los Angeles.

Lots more -- just click on the left column of the LAPL home page for more "goodies"

Please note that some services are unavailable Sunday mornings due to system maintenance.

 

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