For more than three-quarters of a century, the Zion-Benton Public Library has been an institution of the people, by the people and for the people of the Zion and Benton township communites, offering equal access to resources and services and equal opportunities for achievement and enhancement of people’s lives.
Internet use is now so ubiquitous in the U.S. that not having access or online literacy can create major obstacles. For some people, the only place offering free use of digital technologies and access to the Internet is the public library.The ZB Library has evolved into an entity that does much more than just circulate books and media. It bridges “digital divide,” the gap between people who have and those who don’t have access to digital technology, with public desktop computers, hard-wire and wi-fi Internet access, laptops, a full suite of document software, e-books collections and assistance in navigating the digital world.
Yet even for residents who do not depend on Internet access, the ZB Library offers vital digital resources and services, including databases, archives, educational opportunities, digital media, virtual reference libraries and many other online technologies, as well as traditional print and AV collections. Online resources ranging from reference sources; digital books, music and videos; career training and certification; literacy and academic skill building; adult learning; genealogy; and health – to name a few – are accessible at no charge to cardholders through the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Free use of digital technology makes the ZB Library a government of the people; this equal opportunity is made possible with support by the people, and all this free access to collections and e-resources makes the ZB Library a vital hub of information for the people of this community.
Because it is of, by and for the people, the ZB Library’s digital resources offer something for all the people.