Video Tour of Forbes Library


Welcome to the Forbes Library, the public
library for the city of Northampton. Forbes. It’s just a short walk from
downtown and is accessible by bus, bicycle, foot, and car. Let’s go inside and
see all that a we see through the front doors. There’s a set of stairs or you can
take the elevator up to the main level. From the front lobby you will see the
main desk in front of you. This is where library cards are issued, books are
checked out, and friendly staff members are available to help you find what you
are looking for. Around the main desk you will find a photocopier, computers to
search our collection, and a map of the building. Just beyond is the reading room
where you can browse new fiction, nonfiction, magazines, and newspapers. The library has lit magnifiers to borrow to help you see call numbers or reading
material—just ask for them at the desk. Off to the right is the Reference
Department where you will find knowledgeable librarians on hand to help
get you started on your research, help you find a good book to read and assist with questions about many topics including ebooks and e-readers. In this
room you will also find computers for searching the internet, searching
databases, accessing software and printing documents. The computers have
been enabled with JAWS screen-reading software as well as magnification
software for use by patrons with vision loss. Beyond the computers are book
stacks that include books in several languages including Spanish, a collection
of books for adult learners of English, a collection of books of special interest
to genealogists, and a large collection of fiction books. Our staff is always
happy to help you find and retrieve items from our collection.
At the back of this level you will find our large print book collection—many
readers find the larger typeface of these books easier to read. Along the
back wall we have a quiet study area for those who are seeking a peaceful place
to work. Let’s leave the first floor and go up to the mezzanine. You can access
each floor of the library by elevator or stairs. The mezzanine is where you’ll
find stacks of nonfiction books, study tables, and the Watson room which is a
great place to reserve for small meetings and discussions. On the next
floor you will find the Arts and Music Department with an extensive collection of DVDs including many with closed captioning and others with audio
description. We also have a huge selection of music CDs, audio books, and
graphic novels as well as many visual and performing arts books and magazines. You will find a service desk here where staff will be happy to help you find
what you’re looking for. This level also houses the Hampshire Room for Local
History, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum, and the Hosmer Gallery where monthly exhibits feature local artists. This floor also has great places
to read and work. The basement houses the Community Room where many of the
library’s free programs and events happen, the Children’s and Young Adult
Department is also located on this level. The library has a separate video tour of
this area. Forbes is your place to come to explore, discover, and enjoy. This video
has given you just a sampling of all the library has to offer. We hope that you
will visit us soon!

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