Downloadable Audiobooks: If you’re into technology and you love to listen to audio books, we’ve got the perfect thing for you! Library cardholders can download audio books directly to their personal computers and MP3 players. Simply visit Nassau Digital Doorway (or Overdrive) to begin.
Downloadable Ebooks: Download Ebooks to your computer, or ereader device through Nassau Digital Doorway (or Overdrive). It's fast, easy and free!
Digitized Books: The Bryant Library is excited to offer electronic books to our patrons. The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a user-friendly database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7! You'll need to Enter all 14 digits of your library card number to use this database (no spaces or dashes).
RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE LIBRARY
PAC (Public Access Computers) Using SAM:
As a free service to Bryant Library cardholders, you can log on and surf the World Wide Web, create a resume, a Power Point presentation, do a spreadsheet, or word processing. If you already have an Internet-based email account, you may read and send E-mail. Visitors to the Bryant Library may come to the Reference Desk to get a Visitor's Pass. This pass expires at the end of the day.
To use SAM:
- Patrons must enter their library card number without spaces. Your PIN number is the last 4 digits of your phone number.
- If no computer is available, you can register for the next available computer at the sign-up computer.
- Your session will last one hour; you will receive warnings to save your material or print as your time is running out. You will be automatically logged out at the one hour mark.
- If no one is waiting for the next available computer you will be able to log back on.
- If you are going to print, please go to the Reference Desk and add money to your account. There is a $1.00 minimum and a $10.00 maximum. Your balance will remain on your account indefinitely. There are both color and black and white network printers available. Color prints are $.25, and black and white prints are $.10.
- All of your work must be saved to a floppy disk or flash drive since it will be lost after you are logged out. Floppies are available at the Reference for $1.00 each, flash drives are for sale at the Circulation Desk - 4g for $6.00.
- The last session of the day will end at 8:50 p.m. on weekdays, and 4:50 p.m. on weekends. If you need additional assistance, or if you have forgotten your PIN #, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk.
Word Processing Programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works
Spreadsheet Programs: Microsoft Excel
Database Programs: Microsoft Access
Presentation Programs: Microsoft Powerpoint & Publisher
Resume Writing: Winway Resume
Tutorials: Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Patrons must be familiar with the software applications that they are using. Our librarians can assist in the initial startup of the system, however, staff cannot provide extended instruction. If you are a beginner, please ask about our computer volunteer tutoring service.
Access for All Computers: We now offer a large screen monitor, scanner, printer setup and software for the visually impaired.
- ZoomText is magnification and reading software for the vision impaired.
- Open Book allows you to convert printed documents into quality speech.
- Connect Outloud is designed for the beginning or experienced blind or low vision computer user to access the Internet through speech and braille output.
- PaperPort makes it easy to operate your scanner and eliminate paper by directly converting it into digital files that you can quickly find, use and share.
The Access for All Computer is available for patron use either without sign up or by advance reservation. Call the Reference Desk at 621-2240 or visit the library for assistance.
WiFi: The Bryant Library is a wifi hotspot. Bring in your own laptop with wireless capability, and sit anywhere in the library to connect to the Internet. Patrons must adhere to the library's Internet Public Use Policy.
Computer Training For Bryant Library Patrons:
Individual Computer Assistance - The Library has volunteers to tutor patrons who need help using and learning about computers. They will offer guidance on using the computer, surfing the World Wide Web and various word processing programs. If you would like assistance, please make an appointment at the Reference Desk. Tutoring sessions are limited to Bryant Library cardholders.
The Bryant Library and computer volunteers assumes no responsibility for any damages which may occur as a result of the use of this service. The goal of this service is to help you feel comfortable using a computer and to give you an opportunity to get some hands-on practice. It is not by any means an in-depth instructional course. If you are looking for a comprehensive class, you should consider enrolling in a continuing education course through the Roslyn Schools or a local college.
Typical Computer Volunteer Schedule:
Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11:15 - 1:15 -- for beginners ONLY
A new piece of technology has taken up residence near the Reference Desk -- a touch screen large bed scanner that allows you to scan to Email, USB, Google Docs, or directly to tablets or smartphones via QR code. With it’s large buttons and intuitive, user-friendly interface, it is so easy (and fun) to use.
Students can use it to scan books, class notes, images, etc.
Scan a photo or image, crop it on screen.
Scan to Word and Email it to yourself to edit later.
We invite you to come in and give it a try. Ask a Reference Librarian for a quick tutorial!