There are more than 70 libraries across the state that share 2.5 million ebooks and print books for the benefit of Delawareans.

Delaware to add school libraries into statewide catalog

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Delaware Library Consortium announced Tuesday that it will spend $1 million to add school libraries into the statewide catalog. The goal is to broaden the First State’s library catalog and provide more students an opportunity to conduct research or read for pleasure. “Over the years it seems like everything around literacy has been tweaked except school libraries, until now,” …

Delaware Library Render Front Iteration 3.1

State to spend $28 million on libraries .2 miles apart

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware will spend $22 million to construct a new library in North Wilmington just 0.2 miles from an existing library, which is undergoing a $6 million renovation. Once complete, visitors will be able to check out a book at the $22 million library located at 3905 N Market St., then walk five minutes down the road to the $6 million …

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Libraries test tech allowing patrons to self-checkout

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s libraries are investing in tech that allows patrons to check out their own items – and also lets staff members do some nifty things behind the scenes. Testing started this spring at 14 libraries and two bookmobiles. A second stage, launching in September, will include the first school libraries, in the Colonial School District, and bring the technology to …

Delaware Library Render Front Iteration 1.2

North Wilmington Branch Library set for major upgrade

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

The North Wilmington Branch Library is set for a major renovation and expansion thanks to $6 million in Bond Bill funds allocated by the General Assembly.  The money will go toward site preparation and design, according to Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, D-Wilmington, who supported the library’s Bond Bill request.  “This project will have a significant impact on residents, especially our young …

Downtown Wilmington library (McGhiever photo from Wikimedia)

Wilmington library called one of America’s most beautiful

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  The downtown Wilmington library is No. 3 on a new list titled “the 11 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States.” “Visitors will encounter a massive, symmetrical white-gray façade designed in the Neoclassic style by well-respected architects Alfred Githens and Edward Tilton,” Fodor’s Travel writes of the Wilmington Public Library. “There are intricate fixtures to admire, including terra-cotta frieze …

(Delaware Division of Libraries)

Need a computer, Wi-Fi? Now you can check them out at the library

Betsy Price Government

(Delaware Division of Libraries)   Delaware’s libraries have begun a $650,000 project to increase access to technology and health care. The Telehealth Kiosk and Device Loaning Initiative started with three kiosks for patrons (in the Seaford, Laurel and Milford libraries) and more than 500 Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots that can be checked out. There are also plans for nurses traveling …