Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: "Try before you borrow" books

Raise your hand if you’ve ever checked out a book that you didn’t like after you got it home.

   (Yeah, it’s happened to us, too.)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could try before you buy borrow at the library?

But wait! You CAN get a sneak peek of books through Google Preview in our (pretty awesome) Catalog.

Google Preview can helpful when you want to read the first few pages of a novel before committing to putting it on hold.
   Or when you’re selecting fun picture books to read to your kids.
   Or if you want to make sure the cookbook you selected has plenty of inspirational
   Or if you want to see if that non-fiction how-to book suits your needs.

Using Google Preview is easy: 
  1. Search the catalog for a title you would like to preview.
  2. Some (not all) books have a Google Preview button under the cover image. (Only titles in Google Book Search have previews in our catalog.)
  3. Click the button and scroll through the selected pages.
  4. If you want to check it out, close the preview, and place a hold!
Try it yourself!

PAC Cat likes Google Preview…

This is the third of eight weekly tips about our online library catalog.