The Los Alamos County Library System’s new database, ProQuest, provides free access to nearly 30,000 e-book titles.
The books included are different from, and in addition to, the OverDrive eBooks that many people are familiar with from the Library. Overdrive carries popular fiction and general interest non-fiction titles, whereas the ProQuest titles are about topics such as the sciences. In fact, there are more than 5,000 titles listed under computer science alone. You will also find topics such as game development, neurobehavioral anatomy, and even “Semantic Matchmaking with Nonmonotonic Description Logics.” There are hundreds of astronomy listings and more than 2,000 physics listings.
“Two of the things we heard from our community during our strategic planning process were requests for more science and technology resources and for more eBooks,” Library Manager Steven Thomas said. “We felt like this was a good way to meet these demands in a way that was practical and cost effective.”
Library staff member Josh Maestas, who is on the electronic resources team that chooses which databases the Library purchases, said that he hopes the new database will fill in some of the gaps in our holdings and provide patrons with more up-to-date materials. “Things go out of date so quickly, especially when you’re talking about something like books about an esoteric programming language, that electronic publications seem like the way to go,” Maestas said.
To browse the topics, go to the Online Resources tab on the Library’s website (losalamoslibrary.org) and click on the “Science and Technology e-books” header to see what’s available. In order to get access from home, you will first need to come into the library to set up an account. Each device will also need to have the appropriate app installed before you can begin checking books out.
For more information, call 505.662.8253.