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  • A Quick Guide to Using Our Catalog

    How do you find a book? Or a CD or a movie, for that matter? How do you find books on Canada, or who wrote the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series of books? If we don’t own the item you’re looking for, how do you find out if another library in the system has it? Can you have us get the item for you from that other library? How do you check to see what books you currently have out?

    For the answer to these, and other questions, read this quick guide to using Polaris, our online catalog.

  • Borrowing OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks on Android Devices, including NOOK and Kindle Fire

    This handout is for people who have devices running the Android operating system, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the new Nook Tablet (which is really just a co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab), or any other device that runs the Android operating system. In fact, this can even be used with the Kindle Fire family of devices, since they run Android too. We have a collection of both eBooks and audiobooks available through the OverDrive catalog; these can be downloaded directly to your device without even connecting to a computer.

  • Borrowing OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks on Apple iOS Devices

    This handout is for people who have devices running Apple's iPhone Operating System (iOS), such as iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, and iPad Minis. We have a collection of both eBooks and audiobooks available through the OverDrive catalog; these can be downloaded directly to your device without even connecting to a computer.

  • Borrowing OverDrive eBooks Using Amazon e-Ink Kindles

    Yes, we have library eBooks for your Amazon Kindle! They are available from the OverDrive Downloadables catalog. icon This handout is specifically written for people who are using Amazon’s classic eInk readers like the basic Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, and the Kindle Voyage. It will take you through the steps to select, checkout, and download books from OCPL's OverDrive catalog. (Sorry, downloadable eBooks from the 3M Cloud library for Amazon eInk Kindles such as the Paperwhite are not currently provided.)

  • Borrowing OverDrive eBooks Using the Sideloading Technique

    One way of borrowing library eBooks is to sideload books from your own computer to a non-tablet eReader like the NOOK Simple Touch or similar devices from companies like Sony or Kobo. icon This handout will walk you through the process of getting OverDrive books onto your eReader using the sideloading technique.

  • Converting Files with Zamzar

    It happens to all of us. Someone sends us a file that's written in Microsoft Works and all we have is Word. Or you created a presentation on your Mac at home, using Keynote, but the computer you're working on now only has PowerPoint. Zamzar may be the solution to the problem.

  • Facing Facebook

    Have you been avoiding using Facebook? And yet…do you realize that you’re missing out on being connected with far-flung friends and family members by not being a Facebook user? Then this is the handout for you!

  • Getting the Most Out of Your iPad

    Introduced in 2006, Apple’s iPad has become the fastest selling tablet computer of all time, making owners out of people who had previously never seen a need for such a device. In fact, I’m one of those people. I figured that since I already had a MacBook Pro and an iPod Touch, I didn’t need one more thing to schlep around with me. But when I saw some of the things it could do, I changed my mind fast. I’d like to icon share some of these things with you.

  • How the Internet Changes Listening to the Radio

    Radio sure has changed a lot since I was a kid. Learn about podcasts, apps like Pandora and streaming music off the internet in this handout..

  • If You Love Me, Tag Me, or, Giving Yourself a Reasonable Chance of Getting Your Electronic Device Back

    Back in August of 2012, a friend of mine came to me all distraught because she had lost her iPod Touch, and didn’t know where to find it. Knowing that I was an Apple Maven, she figured that I might know a few tricks, and I did.

    I asked if she had turned on Find My iPhone. No. Was she subscribed to iCloud so that she could at least get her data back? No. Did she have a name and address sticker on the back of her device? No.

    I was as frustrated as she was distraught. You see, I figure that most people will try to get your stuff back to you…if
    you give them half a chance. She hadn’t given them any, and now she was up the creek.

    But I don’t want the same thing to happen to you, so here are a few words of advice.

  • Libby - The New Face of OverDrive

    The OverDrive app called Libby is designed to make your experience borrowing eBooks and audiobooks much easier. After playing around with it a little, I like it a lot better than the old OverDrive app, which still exists. This handout will show you how to make Libby work for you. 

  • Placing Better Holds

    Our Polaris online catalog allows you to not only find the materials you’re looking for, but to place holds on them from the comfort of your own home…or wherever you’re online from. However, there are a few tricks to making sure that you’ve placed a hold in such a way that you have the best chance of getting your hands on that book, CD, or DVD within a reasonable amount of time. The goal of this handout is to teach you those tricks.

  • Printing from Mobile Devices - use the library!

    The Liverpool Public Library is now a PrinterOn public printer location. This handout will walk you through the steps for printing to our LPL printers from your WiFi-enabled smartphone or tablet.

  • Printing from Yahoo Mail and Gmail

    Instructions for printing your email from Yahoo Mail or from Gmail.

  • Printing Your Photos Without Buying a Photo Printer

    Did you know that you don't need your own photo printer in order to print out all those great pictures you took with your digital camera? Did you know that it might actually be more cost-effective for you to have someone else do the printing for you? If you didn't know that, then this is the handout for you to read.

  • Reading Magazines with RBdigital

    When you use RBdigital through your Liverpool Public Library Card, you basically get your own free subscription to the magazines that you're interested in, and you can keep them for as long as you want, with no overdue fines. You can read them on your desktop computer or on your mobile device.

    Current Issues: New issues are released simultaneously with print editions, and many are available for immediate download before print editions arrive at the library.

    Always-Available Backlist: As collections grow, so does the digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.

    Collection Management: Using personal accounts, patrons can check out magazines and read them online through browsers or download them on the RBdigital app.

    No-Limit Permanent Checkouts: Patrons can check out as many issues as they want and keep them in their account as long as they wish.

  • Scanning Documents at the Liverpool Public Library

    The scanner may be one of the best inventions of the personal computer era. With it, I’m able to take photos and documents that would’ve taken many file drawers to store, and put them into a nice compact format that I can store on my computer and reproduce almost perfectly later on. But there are a few things you need to know before you get started with our scanners, and that’s what this handout is all about.

  • Secrets of the Library

    At a recent conference, I was amazed to find out how many people are totally baffled and confused about how to use the library. I was told that people feel that there’s some sort of “secret handshake” you have to know in order find anything. Well, as George and Ira might say, it ain’t necessarily so. You don’t have to have a special degree and there’s no secret handshake you need to know in order to get the most out of this, or any other library. The goal of this handout is to initiate you into some of those “secrets.”

  • Secure Passwords

    They’re an unfortunate fact of life. And as issues such as identity theft become more and more widespread, it also becomes more and more important to follow good password practices. icon This article provides some tips for making sure that our passwords are really secure.

  • So You Want to be a Digital Writer

    The Internet has changed our lives in many ways, and one of those involves how easy it is for each of us to become publishers by creating eBooks. If you've ever given a thought to becoming a digital writer, then this is the handout (published digitally, of course) for you to take a look at.

  • Using Adobe Digital Editions and Creating an AdobeID for PC or Mac

    If you are going to be setting up a PC or Mac to sideload library eBooks onto simple non-tablet ereaders such as the Nook SimpleTouch, Sony, and Kobo devices, you will want to start by installing the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software and creating your own AdobeID. Follow the steps in Tech Tips - Adobe Digital Editions

  • What You Need to Know about Microsoft Word 2007

    This presentation is based on Microsoft Word 2007, which is what is running on the library's computers.

  • What You Need to Know about Microsoft Word for the Mac

    This handout will help you with the most commonly used Word commands. It is written for Word 2008, the word processing software that we run on the Macs here at the Liverpool Public Library. If you have a later version of Word, or one of the Windows versions, things may look a little different and you might have to hunt around a little, but the basic concepts will still be the same.

  • Why You Need a Cheap Cell Phone - A guide for people who hate cell phones.

    With the old familiar phone booth on the endangered species list along with the California condor and the Siberian tiger, if you don't already have a cell phone this handout will help you think about finally getting one.