Monday, May 12, 2014

Got a vehicle that needs fixin’?

If you’re into auto repair, we’ve got the database for you. No longer do you need to lug that gigantic Chilton’s Auto Repair Manual to the copy machine*—it’s all online. With a user-friendly interface that allows you to quickly choose the make, model, and year of the vehicle you need information about, Chilton’s has up-to-date schematics and instructions for maintenance and repair, as well as information about recalls. Don’t worry - the database is about a hundred times easier to use than the blasted department store machines that are supposed to help you find the right headlight or oil filter for your car, but instead send you around in circles, turn themselves off, and make you start over! Chilton’s simple menus and one-click printing work even for technophobes.

If you’ve got internet access at home, Chilton’s and the rest of the library databases are there for you 24 hours a day, so your can work on your truck, research refrigerators or practice Italian at midnight if you want! Make sure you have your library barcode number and your 8+ character PIN, then go to and click on databases. Before you click on Chilton’s, why not scroll through the rest of the list? You’ll see Consumer Reports, Mango languages, Learning Express, Novelist, and many other wonderful resources that can be handy on a day to day basis.

You can also access Chilton’s and the other databases from public computers at the library, without a library card. Find the information you need and print it out, it’s only ten cents a page. Leery of using computers? Ask a librarian to help! That’s what we’re here for.

*Note: we do still have quite a few Chilton’s and Mitchell’s manuals in book form, in the reference collection and the circulating collection. Ask a librarian or check our catalog to see if we have the one you need.

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