Everybody knows what a library is. It’s that big brick building down by the park that’s full of books. It’s a great place to go for a program, to read, maybe do a little homework.
But sometimes when you need it the library is closed. Fortunately, if you have access to an Internet-linked computer part of the library is never closed.
With your library card number you can access your personal account to make use of some library services by going to www.cdalibrary.org. You can check to see when your books are due, if you owe a fine, and you can reserve books from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library or any of the 25 libraries that make up the Cooperative Information Network.
But wait – there’s more.
Look at that list of links on the left side of the screen. These are the library’s databases – Internet-based information sites which have been vetted for accuracy. Many are databases made available to all libraries in the state by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and agencies like the Department of Labor.
Other services are subscribed to by the Coeur d’Alene library itself and are exclusive in this area to our website. Most of them require a username and password. Coeur d’Alene residents can receive these by either visiting or calling the library – at 208-769-2315 – during open hours. Once you have these magic words, however, you have access 24 hours a day – everyday.
Of course, during open hours you can use library computer to access this information.
Here are a few of the useful databases available:
►Automotive Manuals: Technical information on many makes, years, and models of vehicles with detailed schematics and do-it-yourself instructions.
►Career Information: This is your direct link to the Department of Labor with information about available jobs in Idaho and the skills you need to pursue a career in numerous fields.