Times Union Access: You Asked, We Listened

Library users have been asking for online access to the Times Union newspaper, so we made it happen! Access is available to anyone connected to the library’s Wi-Fi network via this link: https://bit.ly/egtimesunion. If you are an East Greenbush/Schodack resident, you can use this same link to access the Times Union from anywhere! Just enter you library account barcode (without spaces) when prompted. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Times Union online access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

After login, there are three options listed. Select the middle option to view text and images in a standard newspaper view:

Select a date on the next page to view that day’s issue.

Got questions? Want to let us know what you think of the service? Please let us know in the comments.

Access Consumer Reports from Anywhere

If you rely on Consumer Reports for unbiased reviews of consumer products, we have great news for you. Not only are the print and digital versions of the magazine available to all patrons in the library, East Greenbush/Schodack resident patrons can now remotely access online subscription content using our library’s link: https://bit.ly/EGconsumer.

If you are on a device connected to the library’s network, clicking the link above will take you directly to the unlocked website. If you are not in the library, you will be prompted for your library barcode number. Enter the whole number with no spaces. If your card is rejected, there could be a few reasons:

  • There is a space somewhere in the number entered. Solution: try entering the number again.
  • Your library card has expired. Solution: contact us to renew your card.
  • Your library card is no longer in good standing (too many fines/fees/overdue items). Solution: login to your account and pay any fines/fees accrued. Then try again.
  • You are not a resident of East Greenbush/Schodack. Solution: contact the library where you pay taxes and request Consumer Reports access.
  • You are a resident, but to do not have a resident card. Solution: contact us to prove residency and we will issue a new resident card at no charge.

Got questions? Want to let us know what you think of the service? Please let us know in the comments.

Cord-Cutting 101: Virtual Edition

Cord-Cutting 101 has been a very popular class with our users, whether presented in-person or online. If you would like to learn more, you can find all of the resources cited during the class on our website, including the slideshow.

If you would rather watch the class, visit this playlist on our YouTube channel. It includes the entire class, broken down by subject.

You can also check our event calendar to see when we are offering the live class again. If no class is shown, we haven’t scheduled one yet.

Got questions? Let us know in the comments!

Copy, Scan, Fax, and Print at the Library

The library’s copier is once again open for self-service, and not only is it a new machine, the procedure for using it has changed.

What’s Changed?

  • We have a new copy/scan/fax machine, and its new location is near the new nonfiction books, across from the checkout desk.
  • The new copier does not have a coin vending machine because the library wanted to be able to accept credit/debit cards for printing and allow patrons the option to create and fund their own copier accounts.
  • We no longer have a separate fax machine. Faxing is now part of our copier’s functions. Our previous fax machine could only take credit/debit payment, but now users can pay in their preferred way.
  • Users enter a code to start rather than putting coins in a vending machine.

The New Copy/Scan/Fax Procedure

  • Walk up to the copier to start the copy, scan, or fax job. (Skip to next section for printing)
  • Enter the code posted on the wall at the copier to login to the generic account and select the desired function. Choose “device functions” to copy, scan to usb, or fax. To scan to email, select the “scan” function.
  • Refer to the instructions at the copier for next steps by function.
  • Keep track of the number of copies made or fax pages sent. Scans are free. Copy cost is $.15 per black and white page or $.50 per color page. Fax cost is $1 per page.
  • Head to a staff desk to pay for your copy/fax job(s). Cards can be taken at the checkout or reference desks, but currently only the checkout desk can take cash.
  • Are you regular user? See a staff member to create your own copier account. You can add money to it and skip repeat trips to pay staff on future visits.

Printing at the Library

Printing is not yet self-service at the library, but there are a few different ways to get your job printed there.

  • Use a library computer. Print jobs can be sent by the user, who then sees a staff member to pay for and release the print job.
  • Send a print job from home using our print portal. Here is more information about how to use the print portal. After sending the job, report to the reference desk to print and pay. To print an email using this system, it must be saved as a pdf. If you don’t want to do that or you have difficulty with the print portal, you can try the next option.
  • Email your print job to reference@eglibrary.org. When you arrive at the library, let the reference staff know you sent an email and they will print your job and take payment. Please note, library staff will do everything they can to maintain a user’s privacy, but this is the least secure printing method.

Got Questions?

Ask us in the comments or contact the library at eglibraryinfo@eglibrary.org or 518-477-7476.

Ancestry Library Edition @ Home

Several libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition for their patrons. Ordinarily, libraries are only able to purchase subscriptions for on-site use. During the pandemic, however, ProQuest has made remote access available at no additional cost to libraries. Remote access is currently set to expire on March 1st, 2021, but may be extended if the majority of libraries are still working under reduced services due to the pandemic.

If you are an East Greenbush/Schodack resident, you can access Ancestry remotely from our login page using your library account number (barcode). If you are not a resident, this link won’t work for you. Check with the public library where you reside to see if they have set up similar access on their website.

If your library doesn’t have access, you can connect to the library’s Wi-Fi and go to https://ancestrylibrary.com. Portions of Ancestry content are available from home to all New York State residents with a free Ancestry.com New York account.

New to Ancestry? Check out our help materials: