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by Fingal Libraries on April 21, 2015 in Libraries

My first Digital Services blog back in November 2014 covered details of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspaper facilties. As Fingal Libraries have such a range of online services to offer people with something for everybody there was too much information for one blog.  Now I want to tell you about the other valuable […]

My first Digital Services blog back in November 2014 covered details of our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspaper facilties . As Fingal Libraries have such a range of online services to offer people with something for everybody there was too much information for one blog. Now I want to tell you about the other valuable online services including online language learning, online courses, online databases and the Surfbox printing service.

Online Languages: Transparent Language online is our online language learning facility offering access to over 80 languages FREE. Learn at you own pace, anytime, anywhere once you have internet access. To use this service all you need to do is register using your library card number. Languages available include Italian, Japanese, Lativan, Lithuanian, Polish, Serbian and many more.

Online Courses: Universal Class is our online learning facility offering access to over 500 courses. These courses are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. Learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere once you have internet access. Members can take up to 5 courses at any one time with 6 months to complete each course. Courses available include subjects such as: Alternative medicine, Business, Career training, Financial Management, Social work and many more.

Online Data Bases: Fingal Libraries also provide free access to online databases in your local branch library and from your home computer. These are a valuable asset to students doing research who for whatever reason may not be able to get to the library. These data bases include;

Focal.ie – Focal Irish language database
Credo reference
The Times Digital Archive 1785 – 1985
Oxford Music Online – Grove Music
Oxford Art Online – Grove Art
Encyclopedia Britannica – Britannica Student and Britannica Junior
Ask About Ireland
National Library of Ireland
Irish Newspaper Archives – only available in the Library Branch

Surfbox: Fingal Libraries offers the Surfbox printing service in eight of the branch libraries – Balbriggan, Baldoyle, Blanchardstown, Donabate, Malahide, Rush, Skerries and Swords . As well as being a printing service from within the library this facility also allows members to work from home and then email their printing to one of the above branches for collection. Specific email addresses are required for this service and they can be found on the library website www.fingal.ie or here.

With the exception of printing all the above services are FREE for Fingal Library members. Please chat to staff in your local Fingal Library Branch if you require further information.

By Carmel Mulligan