The Great Lakes Library offers a wide selection of items for check-out, including books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, comic books, and magazines. The collection includes popular fiction, science fiction/fantasy, graphic novels, classics, and non-fiction. Services available include computers with Internet access, free wireless Internet for your personal devices, printing, copying, and scanning. We also offer a music service, Freegal, that gives you 5 free song downloads per week and 3 hours of streaming per day.
The Library has copies of all the books featured in the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. The program was developed to encourage life-long reading and learning. Click on the link above to visit their page and see the current list of titles.
The Library has an area dedicated to college and career materials. Here you will find study guides for all the CLEP and DANTES tests. Plus, we have guides for other tests, including the ASVAB, ACT, SAT, and GRE. Need help with school work? We can help you find the resources you need to finish that paper or project.
The Library offers a relaxing environment and has a variety of fun games and toys such as Legos, Snap Circuits, Bookopoly, and more. You can also get creative in our Maker’s Space where we have a Cricut machine, scrapbooking, origami, card making, and stamping supplies, as well as knitting and yarn craft opportunities. Visit the Comic Book room where you will find games like chess, Scrabble, and Catan to name a few. Here you can also use the drawing table, pencils, and sketchpads. Or just come to read and relax in our cozy fireplace area in the Navy Reading Room where the Navy Professional reading collection is housed, as well as Naval and General History collections.
The Library welcomes children. We provide a sunny, child-friendly room, complete with pint-sized furniture including a play diner, veterinary clinic, and grocery store! The children’s area also has an early literacy computer and a Smart Table, both containing numerous activities to promote learning for Pre-K through 4th grade. Throughout the year, we offer several reading programs for children and a story time for preschoolers.
From home, through the Navy Digital Library, you can access “Ebsco Explora Primary”, a kid-friendly research tool with complete articles from children’s magazines and National Geographic Kids. You will also find “Scholastic Book Flix,” which offers animated classic storybooks paired with nonfiction titles to introduce early learners to the delights of reading, and on-line tutors through tutors.com for grades K-12.
Many valuable resources are now easily accessible through the Navy Digital Library website and can be used on your personal devices without a CAC. These include e-books and audiobooks, popular magazines, Mango Languages, full text journal articles, genealogy and investment tools. Plus, there are DIY resources, including Chilton Auto Repair, newspapers, and numerous continuing education classes. Stop in or call if you need help finding or using any of the resources.
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