What comes to mind when people think of their public library? A building full of books? We’d like to think it’s more than that. For a lot of people, it’s a place for peace and quiet – a haven where you can retreat to read, study, and explore the library’s resources. Which is just as it should be. But, we all know the library offers a whole lot more besides just that.
The beating heart of the community
Public libraries are alive with activity. Above all, the library’s a meeting place, a forum where people come together and talk, exchange ideas and support each other. Whether that’s seniors coming by to read the newspapers, young parents bringing their kids in for story time, teens seeking the books they need for their school projects, people seeking career resources, you name it. There are a whole host of other reasons to drop by.
And librarians are there to help everyone, connecting them with the information they need, or providing the assistance they’re after.
The library truly strengthens ties in the local community. But you can always do more.
Serving the local community
There’s lots a library can do to help boost its role at the heart of the community.
For a start, local topics are always of interest. That might be stewarding information on local history, or hosting exhibitions of local life in days gone by. And there are always going to be local events in aid of community causes, where the library can play host.
Classes, author readings, book sales, business groups, even farmers’ markets – the library is the ideal forum for community events to take place.
Of course, to be able to provide all these services, it’s important to have all the right amenities. Many library patrons don’t bring their own computers, so providing some laptops, alongside with good wi-fi, will bring people in.
And, not everybody likes to take a book home with them anymore. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, over half of Americans say libraries should definitely offer a broader selection of eBooks. And the same goes for magazines and periodicals. Going electronic frees up more space in the library, so everybody wins.
The nuts and bolts
Information is the lifeblood of your library. And encouraging reading is the library’s most crucial role – which isn’t difficult as long as you have the right resources on hand.
Creating collections which truly inspire and resonate with users is a key way libraries can serve their communities.
If you need advice building your collections, WT Cox is here to help. We can create collections for you to meet your community’s needs, and beyond. For over 45 years, we’ve been a trusted provider of subscription services to public libraries, nationwide. We know what it takes to put together outstanding collections which your customers will come back for time and time again.
We offer print and electronic titles which are featured in our condensed popular title lists, along with our free online subscription management software, CoxNet, which offers a database of over 300,000 title choices.
Of course, we recognize that every library is different. So, we can create a list of titles with you, tailor-made to meet your community’s needs.
Service is our specialty
At WT Cox, we pride ourselves on the highest level of service. Each and every library gets a personal customer service specialist familiar with your account. We work on the day-to-day details of your serials management, so you can focus on your patrons. Not only that, you can be sure that everything will run smoothly as our team of professionals is available for online training as well as onsite visits.
“With all that libraries do, efficiently using our resources is at the top of the list. W.T. Cox is a cost efficient, time saving company to use for managing your periodical collection. They are constantly adapting to meet our needs and the individualized attention we receive from all of our team members makes collection development stress-free.”
G. Farmer – Eastern Oklahoma Library District
See how the services we provide at WT Cox can help you serve your community better. We’re known for our outstanding commitment. We make your serials management our business.
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