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Library District launches new electronic resources

Hood River County Library District patrons now have access to three handy new electronic resources, thanks to the library district and Libraries of Eastern Oregon.

Genealogists will be excited to hear that they can now access Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online, and anyone who needs a bit of help tinkering with their vehicle will want to check out the online Auto Repair Reference Center. These resources are free to library district cardholders or anyone who comes into a library branch.

Ancestry Library Edition gives access to more than 7 billion names from more than 4,000 genealogical sources including United States Census records, passenger lists, and records from several other countries including the Canada, United Kingdom, China, Eastern Europe, and Germany. With its vast resources and constant updates, Ancestry is a great resource for family historians. Ancestry Library Edition is available only when visiting a library branch.

Heritage Quest, another genealogy resource, provides a collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture. It includes more than 25,000 genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history publications. It includes not only U.S. Census information, but also digitized genealogy books, bank records, and records from the Revolutionary War. Heritage Quest is available from home with a valid library card.

Auto Repair Reference Center includes repair information, wiring diagrams, and other practical information to keep over 50 years of makes and models of automobiles purring. Library patrons can view repair bulletins, download repair information, and view step-by-step diagrams on how to do everything from replacing a manifold to flushing a radiator. This resource is also accessible from home with a valid library card.

These resources are paid for by Hood River County Library District and made possible thanks to the district’s membership in Libraries of Eastern Oregon. LEO serves 53 public libraries in 16 eastern Oregon counties and to six rural libraries in Washington, an area larger than several New England states combined. LEO seeks to provide expanded horizons for the people of eastern Oregon. Its efforts support lifelong learning and communal gathering as essential to quality of life in each community that is served.

These resources are free to library patrons, and Heritage Quest and Auto Repair Reference Center are available from home with a valid library card. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, or info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit hoodriverlibrary.org/resources. For more information about Libraries of Eastern Oregon, visit librariesofeasternoregon.org/.

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