Most communities have state or county sponsored public libraries. Depending on the size of the community and the degree of sponsorship, some public libraries may be very large with extensive resources.
Most libraries in the small communities of Utah offer basic library services. Although limited, these services can be sufficient for most information gathering needs. Access to a much broader collection of materials is also available through inter-library loans.
Listed below are some of the services offered in both the Monticello and Blanding Public Libraries in San Juan County.
Many libraries have excellent collections of general print materials on a variety of subjects. These are organized in the following formats
Most libraries are automated and have electronic search capabilities of their collections.
- Non-Fiction organized by Dewey Classification.
- General Fiction organized by author.
- Juvenile collections organized by author
- Reference collections organized by Dewey Classification.
Many libraries will support special collections of materials that are specific to their area or items of interest related to their community or geographical location. These may include archived issues of county newspapers, specialized encyclopedias, collections of print artifacts dealing with a specific topic of interest. Ask at local libraries to find more out about their special collections. Many libraries also have collections of non print materials. These may include collections of video and audio recordings and other media related items. Many public libraries also include good collections of periodicals on a variety of topics. These collections will include current publications along with archived collections. There are also a number of search engines that allow you to locate information in past issues of selected magazine collections. Check at your local library to see what resources are available in your area. Most libraries in Utah have Internet facilities accessible for public use. Ask at you local library for availablity of such resources. Current newspapers from a variety of locations are available in most public libraries. Most public libraries also have comfortable reading and study areas for their patrons.
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Last updated January 2001