Sunday, August 30, 2009


Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries announced this week that New Yorkers searched the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library over 35.5 million times since July 2008. This represents a 20 percent increase in the number of searches over the prior year.

NOVELNY is a "virtual library" that connects New Yorkers in every community to state-of-the-art online information without regard to economic, geographic or physical barriers. This convenient online library includes a wide variety of full-text resources - books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference resources and is available to New York State residents with no fees.

New Yorkers can access NOVELNY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by logging on with a public library card or with a New York driver license or non-driver ID. Over 5,600 libraries across the State now participate in this statewide pilot project, which is coordinated by the New York State Library located in Albany, New York.

The NOVELNY pilot project is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds provided to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Questions about NOVELNY? Please email or call the NOVELNY Help Desk at 1-877-277-0250.

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