Materials and Services
Online Library Catalog
|You can search for library materials based on specific subjects, authors, formats, and other criteria by using the online library catalog. By logging in with your library card information, you can also see what items you've checked out and renew them online.|
Reference Materials and Services
Our librarians are expert researchers who can help you find whatever information you need, whether you’re looking for that perfect novel, tracing your family history, or trying to understand your rental contract. Our reference collection includes a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, legal handbooks, exam practice workbooks, and much more. You can ask for help at the 2nd floor Reference Desk or call (310) 412-4280 to speak with a librarian.
Once you have registered for an Inglewood Public Library card, you will be able to access many useful and free online resources such as audio books, ebooks (digital books), and research databases containing countless articles that cover almost any topic. Visit Electronic Resources to learn more about what resources are available.
Fuera de las Sombras: Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, and was enacted in 1988 on the anniversary of the independence of several Latin American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. In appreciation of this annual observance, one of our research database providers, Gale, is highlighting the military contributions of Hispanic Americans with its Fuera de las Sombras (Out of the Shadows) program. Click here to view the program guide, designed to help you explore these contributions using two of the Gale databases: Biography in Context and U.S. History in Context. You can access both databases in the library or by using your Inglewood Library Card information.
Online Career High School
The library is pleased to offer the Career Online High School program in collaboration with the California State Library and Gale, a Cengage Learning Company. Adults who have registered for an Inglewood Library card can earn a GED online in 18 months or less. For information on how to enroll, call 310-412-4280, or send an email to: [email protected]
Free WiFi in the Library
Adult and young adult visitors who have registered for an Inglewood Public Library card can use the public computers available on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library once a day. Computers are equipped with convenient applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, Microsoft Video Editor, and several Internet browsers. Printing is also available.
|Availability:||At the Main Library, there are 13 computers on the 2nd floor (1 of which is reserved for using research databases) and 10 computers on the 3rd floor in our Gates Computer Lab. These computers can only be used by visitors ages 14 and above. Younger patrons may use the computers in the Children’s Department on the 1st floor.|
|At the Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library, there are 10 computers available for visitors of all ages. If you are visiting from outside California and would like to use a computer, ask for assistance at the desk. You will need to provide valid identification.|
|Using the Computers||If a computer’s screen is blue and says “Available,” you can use it by first clicking the mouse, then entering your library card number and last name into the designated boxes. You can then click “Log In” to begin your session.|
You can also reserve a computer using one of the reservation stations. First choose whether you would like to use the next available computer or make a reservation for a future time. Then enter your library card number and last name (at the Main Library, you will also be asked to choose where you would like your reservation. Choose the 2nd or 3rd floor).
Finally, a preview of your reservation will be displayed. If the information is correct, click “Accept Reservation” and a receipt will be printed.
|Printing and Copying||Library visitors may print documents from the public computers using the library’s printer located on the 2nd floor. When you select the print option for your document, you will be asked to enter your first and last name. Afterwards, you will be told the price of your print job (each black and white page is $0.15, while color is $0.50). Click “OK” to accept.|
Once you’ve accepted, you can go to the print station computer (next to the printer). Click the “Click to Print” button and enter your name exactly as you did earlier. When your document(s) are shown, highlight what you want and click the “Print” button in the top left corner. Follow the onscreen instructions and put the indicated amount of money into the vending machine to finish printing your document(s).
To make copies of a document, first insert money into the vending machine. The printer’s screen will then display the copying options.
|Visitors at the Main Library may also print documents from their personal devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets using a service called PrinterOn. Download the free PrinterOn software to your mobile device from your application store (after installing, search for “Inglewood Public Library” as your printer), or access the service via an Internet browser at PrinterOn. You will be asked to provide an email address, which you will use again to release your print job at the print station. The rest of the printing process will be the same as printing from a public computer (described above).|