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Grace Fleming

Library Types and Tips

By November 11, 2012

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There are a few important differences between your local public library and an academic library. For one thing, the two types of libraries might use different classification systems for organizing books. Academic libraries use the Library of Congress system while public libraries usually use the Dewey Decimal System.

But there are also differences in services. Public or local libraries often offer a ranges of classes for community members on topics like computer concepts, foreign languages, test prep, and crafts. Just check their web site for a full list.

Academic (school) libraries are more likely to have shelves of academic journals and special collections holding rare items. These are important for more advanced researchers.

The two types of libraries also might share common services and characteristics. Both types of libraries can offer the use of computers for browsing or for writing and researching. Both types can offer materials like CDs, DVDs, books on tape, eBooks, and music. They both offer magazines and newspapers for your enjoyment and research.

You might be surprised by all the services and resources you can find at your local library or your school library. Don't ever be shy or intimidated! Librarians are usually very friendly and willing to help.

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