Published on: November 06, 2008
Did you know you can take advantage of all the services available at the Lone Star College-Kingwood library?
This convenient resource is located at the west end of Kingwood Drive and is a full service library open to the public. It's filled with all the standard trappings normally found in libraries, including books, computers, reference materials, and lots of quiet reading space, but you'll also be happy to find a coffee and snack bar, a host of enthusiastic librarians and convenient hours.
The LSC-Kingwood library puts the catalogs of three library systems at your fingertips. Through a cooperative system with the Harris County Public Library System, the Montgomery County Library System and the Lone Star College System, borrowing materials is just a click away. If you can't find what you need among LSC-Kingwood's more than 80,000 hard copy and electronic books, you can easily search the catalogs of the other three systems for books, multi-media and other circulating materials. Requests can be picked up or dropped off at the location of your choosing.
The library's online Research Assignment Guide is a terrific resource that all students should check out. This valuable resource was assembled by the LSC-Kingwood librarians and includes a mind-boggling amount of information on a host of subjects. For example, each decade in American History is given a brief description with important dates and events highlighted and includes both library resources and internet resources to make research a snap. The assembled information proves an invaluable resource for high school and college students alike. It's even a fun way for adults to brush up on their history.
And don't forget to enlist the help of the librarians. They can provide a wealth of information and assistance.
Librarian Jimmi Rushing says, "We have six full time librarians so there's always someone available. We're always happy to help students or community members with whatever they need, whether it's writing a paper, researching some topic or finding the latest best seller."
One of the innovative ideas being explored at the LSC-Kingwood library is the virtual world of Second Life. Second Life is an online, 3D virtual world created by its residents. Residents can explore, meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade items and services with one another.
LSC-Kingwood's library, with the help of Professor Jason Ford, has created an "island" on Second Life where students and community members can visit a virtual library, meet up with others and go on trips or learning experiences together. The library hopes to find ways to use Second Life to connect people to LSC-Kingwood.
Rushing explains it this way, "It's a virtual world. Some people think of it as gaming, some think of it as role play and it's all of that. It has so many possibilities for educational uses. It's a way to go out and reach people where they are instead of waiting for them to come to us."
Anyone interested in visiting the LSC-Kingwood virtual library can find a link at the libraries website, http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu. Users must first join Second Life and create an avatar.
Library computers provide internet access and basic Microsoft software and are available during normal library hours.
Find out more about the library or chat with a librarian through the library's web site, http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu. You may request a library card online or may apply in person at the Lone Star College-Kingwood Library. Montgomery County Public Library and Harris County Public Library cards are also accepted.
Visit the library to find out how this neighborhood resource can become an asset to you and your family. The library is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays. Located in the center of the campus, the library is a short walk from any of the parking lots on campus.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.