Books & More

Books

 

You can check out up to 20 items per library card, across all departments. Books are loaned for 3 weeks (21 days) and can be renewed up to 2 times, as long as there are no holds for that item. A book cannot be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on that book (see instructions for placing a hold online). To renew your books, call 724-658-6659 x107 or see our instructions for renewing online.

 

 

  • Young Adult (YA) - We have the newest, coolest, books for young adults! See our display as you get off the elevator. Ranging from Romance to Graphic Novels, we have something for you to take home. Also, we have the resources you need to choose a collegetake the SATs, and make all those tough decisions.

 

  • Juvenile/Children - On the 2nd floor, we house our children’s collection. Find Picture Books, Easy Readers, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, and Reference books. We also have a Holiday section, a Family section for caregivers, and a Professional Collection for educators. 

 

If you are an educator or librarian, we also have a selection of puppets and traveling trunks for your teaching needs.  Call the Children’s Department at 724-658-6659 x106 for more information.

 

 

Can't find the book you're looking for? Request it from another library!

 

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the process by which a library requests materials from, or supplies materials to, another library. The ILL service is a cooperative effort among Pennsylvania libraries to enable patrons to borrow materials (not owned by their local library), free of charge, from other participating libraries. 

In order to request materials through ILL, you must read and accept the terms of the New Castle Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan Policy found here: ILL POLICY.

You can make an ILL request several ways: 

  • Visit the library and complete an ILL form at the reference desk

  • Complete the online form here: ILL REQUEST FORM

Can't come to the Library to get books?  

 

The Library can come to you! See information on the Lawrence County Federated Library System Bookmobile and our Library-By-Mail program.

Other book-related resources:

 
 

Audiobooks

 

We have a large collection of Books on CD! Audibooks can be checked out for 3 weeks and count towards the 20 item per card limit.

 

  • Adult - Books on CD are located on the shelves immediately behind the new book displays.  New audiobooks are added frequently!  Please ask for assistance if you are having trouble finding something.

 

  • Young Adult & Juvenile - A selection of Books on CD are located upstairs in the Junior Department, by the computers.

 

  • Bookmobile - The Lawrence County Bookmobile receives new books on CD on occassion. If you want to suggest a particular title, call 724-658-6659, ext. 110, or email book…@ncdlc.org.

Have an eReader or smartphone? Download Overdrive audiobooks!

 

L.A.M.B. Libraries (Libraries in Lawrence, Armstrong, Mercer, and Butler Counties) are now

offering downloadable audiobooks and ebooks! This service is made possible through the

New Castle District Library Center. Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere!

 

Users may browse the library’s audiobook collection, check out with a valid library card, and download to a PCMac, and many mobile devices. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Users will need to install free software to access the books.

 

Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

 

Stop by the Reference Desk or call 724-658-6659 x 108 or x109 for additional help, or check out L.A.M.B’s Help Pages.

 

eBooks

 

Try a pre-loaded Kindle 

 

Our Kindle lending program has been updated with 7th generation, touchscreen Kindles.  We have 8 circulating Kindles, each loaded with 20 or more books in a specific theme (some have over 50 books to read!).  Kindles can be checked out for 3 weeks (21 days) with 2 renewals, just like a regular book!

 

Our current themes include:  Best-Selling Fiction, Mystery Stories, Page to Screen, Popular Series, Love Stories, Young Adult Books,

Kids Books, and Classics.  See the pull-cards located on the display for full title lists and descriptions.  When you find one you like, just take the card up to the circulation desk to check out a Kindle.

Have your own device? Borrow eBooks from providers below!

Overdrive

 

L.A.M.B. Libraries (Libraries in Lawrence, Armstrong, Mercer, and Butler Counties) are now

offering downloadable audiobooks and ebooks! This service is made possible through the

New Castle District Library Center.  Best-selling and classic titles available anytime,

anywhere!

 

Users may browse the library’s eBook collection, check out with a valid library card, and download to a PCMac, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software to access the books.

 

Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

 

Stop by the Reference Desk or call 724-658-6659 x108 or x109 for additional help, or check out L.A.M.B’s Help Pages.

EBSCO

 

Through the POWER library, you have access to a variety of freely available eBooks.

From the main eBook collection page you can search by category, title, author, etc.

or view featured eBooks.

 

Once you click on the title of a book, you can download it onto your computer (you will need Adobe Digital Editions installed). You can then transfer the downloaded book, via Adobe Digital Editions, to your device, such as a Nook or SonyReader.

 

*You will need to create an account on EBSCOHost in order to download. You will be prompted to do so when you go to download your first book.

 

Stop by the Reference Desk or call 724-658-6659 x108 or x109 for additional help, or check out EBSCO’s eBook Help Page.

 

Music

 

Check out our Music CDs! CDs can be checked out for 3 weeks and count towards the 20 item per card limit.

 

 

Movies

 

There is no charge to borrow feature film DVDs, which are shelved on the first floor along the back wall. You can borrow 5 feature film DVDs at a time. Educational and biographical DVDs are shelved with the circulating non-fiction collection, and circulate like a regular book (they count toward your 20 limit).

 

  • DVDs- Check out the newest releases or take home an old favorite.  We also have seasons of popular TV shows! Our feature films include Mysteries, Dramas, Classics, Action, and Foreign Films.  We also have a variety of educational and biographical DVDs.

 

  • Young Adult & Juvenile Films- The Junior Department has a wide selection of both educational and recreational DVDs. The recreational titles are shelved by the computers on the second floor, and the educational titles are shelved within the non-fiction collection. The Young Adult Department also has a collection of popular films available for check-out.

 

Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)

 

A list of New Castle Public Library's current periodical subscriptions can be found here.

We have the following newspaper holdings:

 

  • New Castle News – current to last three months (all issues on microfilm from 1880)

  • USA Today – current to last three months

  • Wall Street Journal – current to last three months (microfilm January 1965- January 2010)

Current magazines are located on the first floor. Older copies of magazines are shelved upstairs in Periodicals, next to Genealogy. All copies of Consumer Reports are held behind the Reference area on the first floor. 

Current newspapers are located on a table upstairs in the Genealogy Department; older copies are also shelved in this area. Please ask a staff member to help you.

 

We also subscribe to America's News (which contains the New Castle News from 2000-present, as well as numerous newspapers from across the country) and Newspapers.com (which contains Pennsylvania newspapers and is AVAILABLE IN-LIBRARY ONLY).

 

Online Databases

 

We have a variety of online resources that you can access from your home or in the library.

 

Call 724-658-6659 x108 or x109 or email reference@ncdlc.org for more information or for help using any of our resources.

Access PA

 

Can’t find a book in our library you want to read? Looking for a resource you do not want to buy because it costs too much? Search libraries statewide to see if they have what you are looking for.  If you find something you want to request, contact our Interlibrary Loan Department, 724-658-6659 x101, email ill@ncdlc.org, or stop by the Circulation or Reference Desk with your request.

America’s News

 

Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US and Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Ancestry Library Edition - AVAILABLE IN-LIBRARY ONLY

 

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Newspapers.com - AVAILABLE IN-LIBRARY ONLY

 

At Newspapers.com it's easy and convenient to search or browse the collection to find news, notices of births, marriages and deaths, sports, comics and much more. Our high quality digital images and powerful viewer provide the best look at these historical papers and make it easy to print, save and share what you find. New Castle Public Library has access to Pennyslvania newspapers only.

Ask Here PA – Reference 24/7

 

Live answers to your questions, 24/7. Chat online with a real librarians – one-on-one in real time, for any topic or information need.  When your local library is closed, AskHere PA is always open!

POWER Library

 

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

Research matters! This database provides access to numerous encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. It contains over 900 reference books that are searchable together or title by title. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to history, philosophy, religion, science, business, information & publishing, literature, law, medicine, education, technology, careers, and biography.

Gale Testing and Education Reference Center

 

This database designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is loaded with information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level.

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Mango Languages

 

Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun. Learn through visual and audio exercises, free mobile apps, and film. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

 

Library Hours 

 

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday          8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Sunday                                           CLOSED

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