Virtual library now open in Connecticut

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Using a high-speed digital network shared among schools, universities and libraries, Connecticut has opened a virtual library to the public.

Full-text information and databases in the Connecticut Digital Library (www.iconn.org) are available to remote users at home and to on-site users in all state public libraries; libraries in museums, historical societies and hospitals; public and private schools; colleges and universities; and government agencies.

"If accessing from home, we have to authenticate that you are actually a Connecticut resident as opposed to anyone else from the world," said Sharon Brettschneider, development division director with the Connecticut State Library, which oversees the digital library along with the state Department of Higher Education.

Anyone with a state library card, which has a unique bar code number, can access information and be automatically authenticated from anywhere in the world.

The site contains several full-text periodical databases and thousands of indexed journals and magazines. The site also has a reader advisory database where users can ask for recommendations on books.

More databases will be added over time. Audio and video streaming are also planned.

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