Computers and You at the Library

April 17, 2014

How are computers used at the library?  We recently ran a survey on our website and asked you.

51% of respondents say that public access to computers and the Internet is important or very important to them, personally. 78% say it is important or very important to have these resources available for others in our community.

Our librarians make a difference!  Of survey respondents who use the library’s public access technology, 53% got help from a librarian, library staff, or volunteer to use the library’s computers and Internet.

The beneficiaries of library Internet access often extend beyond the individual users; 37% of users found information or performed tasks for other people using the library’s computers or Internet connection.

Here’s a graph showing the breakdown of how computers in the Library have been used:

Technology Impact at the Library


Library Conducting Online Survey

March 6, 2014

From March 16 to March 29 the Half Hollow Hills Community Library will be conducting an online survey to find out how our patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Impact Survey is coordinated by the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, visit

You can support the library by accessing the web survey from the library computers or from the library website between March 16 and March 29.

Why Spotify? Stream music for free from the library

January 7, 2014

freegal4The library’s subscription to the Freegal Music Service has been upgraded to allow streaming music, in addition to free downloads. Freegal allows cardholders to download and keep three songs per week, or to stream up to three hours of advertising-free music every day. Users can create playlists and add specific songs or entire albums, or use some of the twenty pre-loaded playlists such as classic rock, Broadway, sound tracks, R & B, alternative, kids, and country.  An updated mobile app for Android and Apple with Freegal streaming enabled is available in the app stores.  Login to Freegal at our library website:

Wow! Huge upgrade to Library’s music downloading service!

August 14, 2013

freegal4     Half Hollow Hills Community Library announces the launch the 4.0 update to its highly-successful Freegal Music Service. Patrons now enjoy significant new benefits with Freegal 4.0, including: access to over 4 million new songs from 12,000 labels from around the world; a brand-new interface with a new-generation search and browse function; the ability to download from a selection of 8,000 popular DRM-free music videos and several other crowd-pleasing features. By the end of this Summer, the library’s digital music collection will top 7 million songs, from over 28,000 labels including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of legendary artists. The labels originate from over 85 countries around the globe.

The Freegal Music Service has free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

“We are very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this upgrade will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community.”

Available through the Library app or on the web at

The Next Generation Digital Library

January 2, 2013

Changes are coming to Live-brary, your source for ebooks and audiobooks you can borrow and download free from the the Library.  Soon you’ll be able to read and listen directly through the browser on your computer or web-enabled device.    Want to know more?  Go to  Live-brary and click on the blue box on the left labelled “Coming Soon.”

The freedom to Fread

May 14, 2012

The Library has a new way to get EPUB ebooks – it’s called Freading.  If you have a Nook, iPad/Phone/Touch, Kindle Fire or other android device, you now have access to a whole new set ebooks, exclusively for Half Hollow Hills Community Library patrons.  Freading offers tens of thousands of EPUB ebooks which are available anytime, anywhere. Users have simultaneous access to all titles – no more wait lists!  You can download to your Mac or PC computer and read it there or transfer to your Nook, or you can use the Freading app to read on the go.   Take a look at freading here:

Changes for Live-brary – it just keeps getting better!

February 17, 2012

If you’re one of our many library members who download ebooks and audiobooks from Live-brary, you may have noticed some new additions.  The updated app came out this week which allows early returns of audiobooks (in addition to ebooks), bookmarks, a sleeptimer, and a dictionary lookup is coming soon. 

If you access Live-brary through our website, you’ll see a new button by some eBooks saying “Buy It Now.” If you’re trying to get an eBook and facing a long wait list, this is the option for you. If you buy it through Live-brary, a portion of each sale is credited back to the referring library as an affiliate fee. Some of the vendors working with us are Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, and others.

If you’re a new user to Live-brary or need technical assistance, a brand new Help page also debuted this week, with detailed step-by-step tutorials for many different devices, and includes videos as well! Of course, you can always call us at 421-4530 or stop by – it’s our mission to get you using the downloadables!

Also coming soon:

  • Discovery and Sampling of complete eBook and audiobook catalogs with “Recommend to Library“ – help us make our collection more complete with your recommendations!
  •  A series of new librarian recommendation services and author impressions that will offer options for readers to directly connect with authors and discover “Read-a-Likes.”