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Computers & Internet

We offer free computer & wireless Internet service in the library. Library cardholders and guests are entitled to up to 1 hour of free computer use per day, or unlimited wireless.

The use of our public computers and public wireless access are governed by the SCL Computer Use Policy.

Our library computers have the following software installed:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (complete Office suite)
  • Web browsers: Internet Explorer/Firefox/Chrome
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Picture & Fax Viewer
  • Windows Messenger
  • Adobe Reader
  • USB ports

Files accessed on our public computers can be saved to our Public Folder. The public folder is cleared regularly, so please backup your work elsewhere (e-mail or USB key).

For more information about our wireless network (called Library-Public), see Services - Wifi.

Wireless printing is also available at http://www.printeron.net/scl/main-branch.

SCL's Bookmobile also provides free round-the-clock wireless Internet at 5 rural Bookmobile stops. See Rural WiFi Hotspots.


Interlibrary Loans

Are you looking for an older title (published more than a year ago)? We may be able to borrow it from another library on your behalf. To make an interlibrary loan (ILL) request...
 

  • Check our Catalogue first to make sure we don't have the title in our collection
  • Stop by the Information Desk and tell us in person, or call us at (780) 410-8600, OR

Request an Interlibrary Loan through TAL Online

Check the status of your ILLs

Check the status of an interlibrary loan

You can now check the status of your Interlibrary Loans via TALonline - My Public Library ILL Request(s).

More about Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans can take a long time, depending on the item's availability and how far it has to travel. We thank you for your patience in waiting (on average 3-6 weeks, sometimes longer), and will notify you when your requested title arrives. When you are called, your item can be picked up at the end of the Self Pick-Up Holds area.

While most libraries lend books for a two-week period, many do not loan movies, music or other formats - it is up to the lending library to set these policies. We will do our best to find the item you're looking for!


Purchase Suggestions

Found a title you're interested in, but don't see it in our catalogue?  Let us know and we will consider your request for books, music, movies and other materials to be added to our collection.

To suggest a title:

Specifically for items in our downloadable collections (eBooks, eAudio, etc) you can also fill out our online form: SCL Digital Downloads - Request a Title.

Please include the exact title, the author's/performer's name, and any other relevant information. If you are interested in a particular format (Book Club Kit, talking book, etc) please make sure to mention it!

We consider all requests for new materials, weighing them against our existing collections, other requests, budget guidelines, and our Collection Development Policy.

Selection can be a long process, depending on publishing dates and availability through our suppliers.  We thank you for your patience. If you leave your library card information when you request a title, we will put it on hold for you when it arrives.

If what you are looking for is an older title (published more than a year ago), we can try to borrow it from another library on your behalf, through an Interlibrary Loan.


Room Bookings

We have rooms which are available for free bookings for group study, meetings, or events. Please see the Room Bookings page for more information.


Exam Proctoring

Need someone to supervise a written or online exam for a distance education course or professional certification? We proctor exams at the library at the following rates:
 

Resident of Strathcona County or Ft. Saskatchewan $50.00 + GST
Non-resident $75.00 + GST

For more information, or to book an exam time, please call or email our proctoring staff with:

  • Your name and contact information

  • The name of your school

  • The exam format (online or paper)

  • The length of the exam

  • Your preferred date and time to write

Please provide two weeks' notice.

 
Phone 780-410-8601
Email proctor@sclibrary.ca

 


Tours & Visits

Tours

Do you have a group you would like to bring to Strathcona County Library? Or perhaps you just moved to the area and you would like to know what services the library can offer you. A library staff member would be happy to show you around and help you find the collections and areas that interest you.

Visits

Outreach Visits - Service Where You Are
Young woman and older woman looking at a book together Service Where You Are (Outreach) is for people who are unable to come to the library due to health or mobility issues for a period exceeding three months.

A library volunteer visits patrons once every three weeks, bringing materials of interest to the patron. Patrons have access to all library materials: regular and large print books, talking books, playaways, cds, dvds & blu-ray movies.

No charge for a Service Where You Are borrower’s card.
No extended use fees for Service Where You Are patrons.

 

If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please call our Community Librarian at (780) 410-8659, or apply online.

Apply for Service Where You Are

Interested in becoming a Service Where You Are (Outreach) Volunteer? Volunteers select library materials, deliver them to a patron's home, and collect materials to return to the library. Volunteers must have their own transportation and provide an RCMP Vulnerable sector check.

For more information about Outreach volunteering, please call our Community Librarian at (780) 410-8659, or see our Volunteer section for a Volunteer Application Form.

Presentations for K-Grade 6 Classes, Daycares, and Children's Clubs
Our Youth Services department does in-school presentations for K-6 Classes, as well as library tours for school classes and children's clubs. See our Youth Services Tours & School Visits page for more information.

Staff at our Information Desks can give you suggestions, and direct you to the most appropriate library contact. To book a tour or visit, please call (780) 410-8600.


Accessibility

We are committed to providing equitable access to our materials and services. Our entire facility is wheelchair-accessible.

We offer the following tools and resources to improve access to our materials:
 

  • DAISY readers and DAISY books from CNIB
  • Adjustable height study and computer tables
  • Assistive computer station with large monitor, mouse alternatives, and large-key keyboard
We also have information about accessible services for kids: Accessible Services

If you would like assistance using any of these tools, or if you would like to know more about how the library can help you, please visit us at either of our Information Desks in person, call (780) 410-8600, or email info@sclibrary.ab.ca.


Other Language Materials

We offer materials for language learning in the following areas:
 

English As a Second Language
(Easy English)

World Languages
(including French)

If you are learning English, or improving your English, these books will help you learn!

For more information, see our Subject Guide: English As A Second Language

If you are learning another language, or if you are looking for materials in a language you already speak, we can help.

For more information, see our Subject Guide: World Languages

For details and help with all these items, please ask at our second-floor Information Desk.

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