Video cameras available for rent

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka Public Library District has offered a wide range of resources for years and in keeping current with the needs and wants of the community, the library continues to find new ways to provide. In addition to the hundreds of books, audio-books, blu-rays, and DVDs at the library, three digital video cameras, several laptops, a negative and slide scanner, and an LCD projector are available to EPLD cardholders.

“Technology is constantly evolving and it is a race for all of us to keep up,” said Eureka Public Library Director Nancy Scott. “Sometimes we need an item, such as the Flip video cameras, for a special event, like a graduation or birthday party. Checking one out from the library just makes sense. It allows you to have one when you need it, or provides you the opportunity to try out a piece of equipment without the pressure of spending big money. We often have people check out an item like a Flip video camera, bring it back several days later and tell us they plan to go and purchase something like it now that they know how it works and what to expect.”

The idea of checking out a piece of equipment from Eureka Library is not a new concept. EPLD has offered many items for checkout that were outside the norm of typical library materials, including cake decorating equipment, tennis racquets and a Polaroid camera in the past.

The video cameras, negative and slide scanner, laptops and LCD projector can be checked out on an adult EPLD card for two days. A contract stating the monetary charges assumed should any of the equipment be returned damaged or late is required, as well as a small maintenance fee. Reservations are accepted on these items so patrons can plan to have them for special events. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 467-2922.

Eureka Public Library also provides many on-site services, including free wi-fi, public access computers with free scanning options, and for a fee, color or black and white printing and copying and fax services. Another unique service offered by EPLD is the transfer of VHS “home movies” to DVD.

“We try our best to live by the American Library Association motto, You Can Find It All @ Your Library, whenever possible” says Scott. “We know there are times we cannot meet a need, but we feel we are at our best when we focus on providing services and items that are beneficial for the community.”