Library Hacks

Have you ever had one of those moments where you say, “I didn’t know the library offered that.”

Well, get ready to have those moments a lot more.

Library Hacks offer the library’s best-kept (but most useful) secrets.

We’ll release new hacks every month designed to simplify your life, save you money, and help you get more out of WCLS. So, stay tuned for more hacks!

Psst . . . you’ll need your WCLS card to access all of these awesome hacks, so if you don’t already have one, sign up for a library card today (it only takes two minutes!).

Explore your family history with Ancestry Library Edition

With Ancestry Library Edition, you can trace your family’s history, map your family tree, and explore your origins from across the globe. You’ll find reams of data on people from North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, and more. Ancestry’s multimedia collections also include millions of files, like family and gravestone photos, postcards, newsreels, and more.

You can only access Ancestry from the library, so find your nearest library location and come in today!

Check out hundreds of video games

WCLS offers nearly 200 of the latest video games for Xbox one, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and more. Using the library’s video games can save you a considerable amount of money. The average video game costs $60 and renting them also costs about $14 a week.

Entertain the kids or grandkids (or yourself!) without breaking the bank: check out the latest video games from WCLS!

Get automated reminders with Library Elf

Wouldn’t it be great if you got a simple text message or email reminding you when your library materials are due? Or, if there was a central location where you could track your entire family’s checkouts and holds? With your free Library Elf subscription, you can.

The Library Elf app sends you friendly text or email reminders when items are due, when they’re overdue, and if you have a hold ready for pick-up. If you have multiple people in your home, this is the easiest way to track everyone’s checkouts, holds, and due dates from one central location.

Use Library Elf to avoid late fees, keep better track of your family’s checkouts, and auto-renew materials!