Computer Services

Tech Talk

Reducing Wait Times for eBooks

Borrowing eBooks from the library is convenient and quick but there can
still be a wait to get some popular best sellers. Some popular books may
have shorter wait times in traditional book formats than in ebook format so
if you’re not particular about what format you read a book in, check the
catalog for the hardcover or large print copy – it may be sitting on the shelf.
Another way to reduce wait times for everyone when using Overdrive
ebooks is to return the book when you are finished with it, rather than just
letting it expire on your device. Returning library ebooks is accomplished in
a number of ways depending on your device; our librarians can instruct you
on how to do it. Ebook holds can also be suspended temporarily if you’re
not going to be able to read it just yet and once you make the hold active
again you will be placed in your proper place in the hold queue. Managing
your holds in Overdrive this way not only reduces wait times for others, it
saves money by allowing the library system to reduce the number of copies
they need to buy – a win-win for everyone! If you have any questions or
need help using ebooks contact us at the Reference Desk or attend our class
on March 20 listed elsewhere in the newsletter.

Autorenewal Monitors Your Checkouts

In January, the Suffolk County Library System introduced a feature
designed to make library use cheaper and more convenient. The Auto Renewal
system will monitor the status of all items checked out to a patron and
renew any eligible items that are within three days of their due date. A notification
will be sent to patrons via email. Please note that some items do not
autorenew (eg. items with loan periods of 3 days or less, such as New
DVDs, or items with holds ). Patrons will be notified about these items
coming due in the normal fashion. Also note that library patrons must sign
up for this service by logging into their account and opting in, library staff
cannot do it for them. Please contact the Reference Desk if you have any
questions regarding this new feature.

Do You Need Help Using the Library's Electronic Resources?

If you have a mobile device that you have a question about or a problem with, you can make an appointment with one of our librarians to assist you with basic technology questions. Sorry, we cannot repair or diagnose a problem with your device or computer. Please contact the Reference Desk to make an appointment.

Online Resources for School

With school in full swing it’s a good time to remind students young and old about all the online resources available with their East Islip Library card. Whether they are just starting to gather information or are in the middle of a project, the databases on can help students find appropriate age-level information in an efficient manner. The History Reference Center, Student Research Center and Grolier Online databases are excellent places to start a research project and contain information from a wide range of sources that include magazines, reference books, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more. Ebsco’s Masterfile contains thousands of periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals, which contain articles on a wide range of subjects. These databases can be accessed through the Live-brary link on our home page. The list of electronic resources is extensive, so if you’re not sure where to find what you’re looking for, please contact our Reference Desk or

Want to learn another language?

We have resources to help. Pronunciator is an online languagelearning
service that covers 75 languages, including English as a Second
Language (ESL). Learn how to speak a foreign language with the help
of pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, simulated conversations,
scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.
Courses are designed for children and adults from beginners to advanced
learners. Pronunciator is included with your library card - but
you will have to create an account.

Wireless Printing at the East Islip Library

The East Islip Library now supports wireless printing for Windows laptops. Patrons in the library can download the printer driver from our home page and print directly to our copier/scan station. We hope to have printing available for Macs soon. Also remember that we have a limited number of laptops that we loan to patrons for in-library use. Patrons must have an East Islip Library card in good standing and a New York State driver’s license or non-drivers ID. This is handy when you need to keep an eye on your child in the Children’s Room but also want to get some work done, or if you need to spread out a bunch of documents at a table while you work. Please visit the Circulation Desk to inquire about borrowing a laptop.


Low Vision Computer

AirPac Now Available Laptop Computers for In-Library Use
Suffolk e-Resources

Access e-Resources from home here


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View Your Patron Record

This function allows you to:

From our home page or from the link below

Request to Reserve an Item

*Each morning patron requests are read and holds are placed.

Patron Self-Renew

*When you have completed the renewal option, you will notice that the system renews all items that can be renewed and displays the new dates) along with a message indicating the new status of the item (Renewed, now due 00-00-00) or renew not allowed). 

Have You Forgotten Your Pin?

Present your library card to the staff at the Circulation desk. Your old PIN can be deleted. A new PIN can then be re-entered to access your record.

Computer Classes

Intro to Computing I( EIA460)
Tuesday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Monday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Computing II - Using MS Word & the Internet (EIA461)
Tuesday, March 21 at 8 p.m.
Monday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Computing III (EIA462) Windows picture edit class
Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m.

Beginning E-Mail (EIA147)
Monday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Intermediate E-Mail (EIA148)
Monday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m.

All About E-Mail (EIA463)
Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m.

Windows 10 (EIA383)
Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Virtual Reality - Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.

Register for a 15 minute time slot to immerse yourself in several vir-tual worlds, with the guidance of the EIPL Computer Technician. Suitable for the whole family, starting at middle school age and up. Experience Virtual Reality before investing in VR equipment for your home. This experience is made possible through a loan from the Suf-folk Cooperative Library System.

Ebooks and Magazines for Free - Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

It’s time for Spring cleaning, so let the library help you by getting some of those magazines and books off your furniture and onto your tablet, phone or e-reader. Learn to use Overdrive, the library’s e-book service, and Flipster, our electronic magazine service. This course will provide an overview of both services and instruct you on how to set them up on your device. Individual tech help will be provided at the end of the class as time permits. Registration is limited so sign up early.

Internet Users Group - EIA151
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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