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Save Money at Your Library! 10 Resources We Give You for Free.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

If you live anywhere in 62040 and need a library card, apply online at card.smrld.org

1. Books
Yes, this is the obvious one.  Both of our libraries are chock-full of bestsellers by big names like James Patterson and Kathy Reichs, as well as undiscovered gems by first-time authors and independent presses.  Need to do some research?  We’ve got tens of thousands of non-fiction titles on everything from fly fishing to decorating your home.  Almost every title checks out for three weeks, and if no one else is looking for it, you can renew the books for additional time.  Best of all, if we don’t have the book you’re looking for, we can almost always borrow it from another library and have it delivered to either library building for you.  How’s that for service?!

But that’s not all!  Our library members are also able to access many eBooks and eAudiobooks through the library’s subscription to Overdrive.  Read them on a computer, or download them to your portable device.  For more information, go here.  If you need further assistance, give us a call at 618-452-6238, or email [email protected]

2. Movies and Television Shows
RedBox and Blockbuster have nothing on us.  We’ve got thousands of movies and TV shows available for you to check out.  Most of them are DVDs, but we have Blu-Ray discs available.  Movies and TV shows are available for one week, but like books, if no one is waiting for them you may renew them for additional time.  While you may have to wait a bit for the latest releases, we have plenty of other great movies and TV shows to keep you entertained until we have a copy available for you.

Want to stream from your home check out our Hoopla app music, movies, television series, and more, 24/7 with your library card every month  – with no waiting!

3. Wireless Internet Access
Forget Barnes & Noble and Starbucks.  We let you use our wireless network at no charge for as long as you’d like.  Bring in your laptop or other wireless-enabled device and connect to SMRLD WiFi, no password required.  On the run? We’ve strengthened our wireless network so all you have to do is pull into one of our parking lots to access it.

4. Internet-enabled Computers
Don’t have a computer?  Come use one of ours!  We have several internet-enabled PCs available for your use.  Just show us your library card or picture ID and we’ll give you an hour of computer time.  If it’s a slow day and no one is waiting for a computer when your time is up, you may use the computer until it is needed by another library user.

5.  Electronic Research Resources
Sure, Google is free, but contrary to popular belief, not everything can be found through Google!  The library subscribes to a wide variety of electronic resources to help you find what you need.  Consumer Reports, Ancestry Library Edition (the library version of Ancestry.com), Morningstar Investment Research Center, Price 4 Antiques, NoveListPlus, OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), Science Reference Center, and MasterFILE Premier are just a few of the subscriptions the library makes available to its members.

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6. Librarians
Having a hard time finding information on a topic?  Just don’t know what to read next?  Professional librarians are available to you at the Delmar Avenue library during all open hours.  Can’t stop in?  Email the reference librarian at [email protected], or give us a call at (618) 452-6238.  We are happy to help you, whatever your question may be.

7. Newspapers and Magazines
The library has every issue of the Granite City Press-Record available.  Most issues have been microfilmed at the Delmar Avenue library, but some of the more recent ones are available online through NewsBank or as the newspaper itself.  NewsBank also gives us online access to recent issues of the Belleville News Democrat, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many other newspapers from around the United States.

Available to you are also a wide variety of magazines.  Many popular magazines are also available electronically through RBDigital

8.  Genealogy and Local History Resources
The library has a wealth of information on the history of Granite City and the Six Mile area.  This includes, but is not limited to, historical city directories, school yearbooks, old newspapers, and several volumes written about the local area.  We have also acquired subscriptions to the popular genealogy database HeritageQuest.

9. Auto Repair Manuals
Want to do a repair on your vehicle yourself, but need a little help? You’ve come to the right place! Take advantage of the library subscriptions to Chilton Automotive Repair.  Download text and images to help get your car running!

10. Programs for the Whole Family
Looking for something to do?  Check out our calendar of events and classes!  From our children’s storytimes and craft programs, to book clubs and gardening classes for adults, the library has something for everyone.  Our programs are free and rarely require registration.  Keep checking the calendar because we add new events all the time!

These are only a handful of the benefits you get when you become a member of the Six Mile Regional Library District.  And they’re all totally free!  Why are you waiting?  If you don’t have a library card, sign-up for a temporary card at card.smrld.org


Register to Vote and Make Your Voice Heard!

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Need to register to vote for the upcoming elections?  You need go no further than the library.  Both Delmar Avenue and Johnson Road libraries have staff trained as deputy registrars.

It’s easy! Just bring us two forms of identification, and make sure that at least one of them has your current address.  Ask at the library’s information desk for a deputy registrar, and we’ll have you registered within minutes.

Have more questions about registering to vote?  Check out: http://www.madisonvotes.com/, or ask the reference librarian.


Gregg McGee Celebrates 40 Years!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Associate Director and Branch Manager Gregg McGee was recently featured in a Press-Record article about his 40 years with the library. Congratulations, Gregg!

Gregg McGee - 40 Years

Photograph by John Swistak, Jr.


Join Us on Our 100th Birthday!

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

It seems like just yesterday we were turning 50!

Please join us on Saturday, December 15, from 1pm – 4pm for our centennial open house.  We’ll have games for all ages, music, demonstrations, and even a raffle!  Learn more about our upcoming renovation plans, and meet library staff who are usually behind the scenes.

Please note that the Johnson Road library will be closed that day so that their staff members are able to help with and attend the birthday celebration.


FAX Service Comes to SMRLD!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the Six Mile Regional Library District is now offering FAX service at both locations!

Cost to FAX a document is $1.00 per page, and may be sent anywhere in the United States. The library will provide a cover page at no charge.

Please note that we will manage outgoing FAX documents only.  We will not accept any incoming FAX documents.


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