Check Out a Portable Hotspot at the Library
A portable hotspot provides Wi-Fi access to the internet by connecting with a cellular network. You can hook it up to your laptop, tablet, game console or other devices. Now, you can check out a hotspot at the library for two weeks. You can reserve them just like most other items.
They will work in areas that have Sprint 4G LTE cellular coverage. They must be checked out and returned only at the Tigard Library. Tigard is the first library in Washington County to offer these handy devices.
Mobile hotspots come in handy for many things. They can bring the internet to homes that don’t have internet service. Travelers can use hotspots to hook up to the internet between destinations. New residents can access the internet using the hotspots until their service begins.
To check out a hotspot device, go to the Bestseller section on the first floor and take a video box labeled Wi-Fi hotspot to the check-out desk. They can open up a whole new world of research, access and fun.
WCCLS Launches New Catalog
WCCLS and its member libraries are dedicated to continually improving the programs and services we provide. The online catalog at wccls.org is the primary gateway to our physical and digital library collections, and it is used a lot! Library users made 19.8 million searches in our online catalog last year. We are working to create an online experience that is as welcoming and enriching as what you encounter in our library buildings, and the new catalog will be a big part of that.
What can you expect with the new catalog?
- greater discovery with smarter search and easy ways to browse recommendations
- a digital community for readers with the opportunity to rate and review titles and share favorites
- an enhanced reading experience with the ability to organize, tag, and track personal reading activity
- and much more!
Where Did They Go?
Several parts of the library’s collection have moved. Here’s where they went. Check out a map. If you need assistance, ask at any reference desk, and we’ll be happy to help you.
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The Library: A Winter Weather Retreat
The Tigard Library offers a variety of programs to challenge your mind, inspire creativity and develop new skills. In November we will offer several cultural programs, such as our annual Holocaust Remembrance, Oregon’s Poet Laureate and the Portland Opera’s Barber of Seville. Our Make It & Take It craft workshop will introduce the whole family to some seasonal crafts to give as gifts or keep.
During winter break, kids can look for Pete the Cat, who will be curling up somewhere in the Children’s Room in a new spot every day. December programs will include another craft workshop focusing on winter crafts and a Celtic winter solstice featuring the Stomptowner, an Irish musical group.
If the weather turns frightful and you choose to stay safe at home, the library provides a variety of entertaining and educational activities free with a library card.
- Kanopy.com provides more than 30,000 movies you can stream online. Classic films, independent films, documentaries, foreign films and a huge selection of kids’ films and TV shows. A great way to deal with the kids’, “I’m bored, Mom.” sigh. Go to https://wccls.kanopy.com/ . Sign up for an account with your library card number, make some popcorn and settle in.
- Keep up on the news with the New York Times, which you can access for free with your library card at https://www.wccls.org/nyt If you are outside the library, you can open an account and get a 72-hour pass, which you can renew as much as you want. If you are inside the library, you can access the paper by through any device hooked up to Wi-Fi or a library computer.
- If you’re stuck at home, you can make the most of it by learning a new skill for your job or your your personal development on Lynda.com. They have thousands of videos on hundreds of topics, ranging from software to business skills to photography and design. Just go to wccls.org/lynda
- And if you really want to feel virtuous and clean up your account, you can now pay fines online. Go to your account, click on Fines and Fees and click on the green button.
If the weather is bad and you’d like to find out if the library is open or has different hours, check out the library or city Facebook or Twitter feeds. You can also call 503-684-6537 for updated information.