Frequently Asked Questions - Self-services & 24/7 services

Self services for patrons within the library and from off-site.

Our online resources are helpful databases we may subscribe to or they may be free. Each topic was selected to help you find credible information in the following areas: (We are always adding more so check back often).

  • Homework Help / Education
  • Health
  • Business / Finance
  • Consumer Information
  • Parenting
  • Travel Resources / Learn a Language
  • Employment
  • Culture / Art / Music
  • Geneology
  • History
  • ...and much more!

Some TAX forms are available at each branch. However, the best place to get the TAX forms you need is the website. You can print forms directly from this site or use their freefile service.

 Here is a short list compiled from ODLIS Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science:

  • barcode: A printed label containing machine-readable data in the form of vertical lines or bars. Used to identify books and other materials in the library, and read by a scanner when an item is checked out.
  • bibliography: A list of references used in a book or article. Long bibliographies may be published separately in book form or online.
  • biography: An account of a person's life, written by another. The person who writes a biography is the biographer. The person written about is known as the biographee.
  • book return: A place to return books borrowed from the library. The book return may be located outside the library or near the Circulation Desk in the library.
  • borrow: To check out or borrow library materials.
  • call number: A unique location code that appears on the spine of a book or bound periodical and tells you where the book should be found on the shelves.
  • check out: To borrow materials from a library for a fixed period of time. To loan library materials to GCLD cardholders.
  • copyright: The legal right granted to an author, editor, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.
  • database: A comprehensive collection of related data (articles or other materials) organized for convenient access, usually through a computer.
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC): Melvil Dewey's system of classifying library material. The classification system uses a numeric system to designate ten basic subject categories.
  • digital library: A collection of electronic resources, accessible through the World Wide Web. Digital libraries often contain electronic versions of books, photographs, videos that are owned by a "physical" library.
  • due date: The date on which materials must be returned to the library.
  • electronic information resources: Any of several different categories of databases and machine-readable files, including electronic journals, online databases, World Wide Web sites, and CD-ROM databases.
  • fine: A fee charged for keeping library materials past their due date or for lost and damaged items.
  • hold: A service of the Libraries by which a user may request to be notified as soon as a book that has been checked out becomes available. The book is kept at the circulation desk for a limited period of time. See also "request."
  • interlibrary loan: A library service whereby cardholders may request to borrow materials from another library if the item is not owned by GCLD or the Marmot Libraries.
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number): A unique 10-digit or 13-digit number that is given to every book or edition of a book before publication to identify the publisher, the title, the edition, and volume number.
  • keyword: A word used in searching catalogs and databases to describe a topic subject in a document.
  • loan period: The amount of time library materials may be borrowed. Time limit varies depending on the type of material to be borrowed; book, DVD, magazine, audiobook etc.
  • non-circulating: Library materials that may not be checked out, they may only be used on-site in the library where they are housed.
  • online catalog (OPAC): A computer database that lists items owned by a library or libraries.
  • overdue: An item checked out that the borrower has kept past its due date. A library will usually charge a fine for overdue items.
  • patron record: The data kept by a library's electronic system, containing information about a borrower's account (address, telephone number, items checked out, holds, unpaid fines, etc.).
  • periodical: A publication distributed on a regular schedule (e.g., weekly or monthly). Popular periodicals are called magazines and scholarly periodicals are called journals. Newspapers are also periodicals.
  • reference material: A document such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, or directory, that contains specific facts, data, or other brief bits of information. Usually reference materials cannot be checked out.
  • renew: To extend the loan period of library material(s). Library customers may extend their due dates twice by accessing their library account online, by calling the library, or in person. NEW materials may not be renewed.
  • request: A service that allows you to ask for a library book that is currently checked out. Otherwise known as a "hold."
  • subtitle: The portion of a work's title following the semicolon or colon.
  • URL: Web sites are found by their addresses. Each web site has a URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, assigned to it. Our web address is