ORLA Returns to Curbside

Oil City, Franklin, and Cooperstown libraries are closed to public access, but still provide resources to the community. Dan Flaherty, executive director of the Oil Region Library Association overseeing the three libraries, has a list of tips for patrons to use library services, check out books, and more.

How can I choose what I want from the library?

Since browsing inside the library is not permitted, it can be difficult to know what you want to borrow, said Flaherty. Select materials for curbside by searching our online catalog to see what is available and which library has them.

If you have difficulty searching the catalog, call your library. “Staff will help find items. If you are unsure of what you want, we can even give recommendations based on what you like” said Flaherty.

How do I schedule a pickup?

There are a couple of options. Once logged in to your online account, you can place holds on items. When it’s available, you will receive an email or text prompting you to call to schedule a pick-up or the library will call you to schedule a pickup (depending on notification settings).

When logging in to your library account, your PIN is usually set to the last four digits of the phone number you provided. If you have difficulty logging in, call your local library for assistance.

How can I print, fax, copy or scan?

You can email your prints to and call the library. The library will confirm they received your prints and schedule a time for pick up.

For faxing, copying, and scanning, call to indicate which service you need. Staff will schedule a time with you to stop outside. A staff member will meet you at your vehicle and pick up your documents to complete the service for you inside.

Flaherty said the three libraries’ digital services and virtual programs are available 24/7 and provided at no cost. “We maintain robust digital resources accessible anywhere, including ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV, and data bases,” he said.

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This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2021 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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