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January 27, 2012

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Post Library offers faxing, copying, printing services, computers to patrons

Available services at the Fort McCoy Post Library, building 2000, now include faxing, copying and printing, as well as access to computers, some paperback/hardcover books and an interlibrary loan system.

Nick Sanjari, the Community Activity Center (CAC) supervisor, said authorized personnel can use the CAC services, which include the Recreation Center and a Leisure Travel Services office in addition to the Post Library. Authorized patrons include Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and their Family members.
PHOTO: The Fort McCoy Post Library offers 24 computers for patrons. Photo by Rob Schuette
The Fort McCoy Post Library offers 24 computers for patrons to connect to the Internet and keep in touch with Family members and friends, as well as keep informed and accomplish work tasks. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Authorized patrons can send or receive faxes at the library for $1 a page. Copying services are 25 cents a page, and printing is free for the first two pages and 25 cents a page for any additional printing.

“We’re offering services that are common in many libraries,” Sanjari said. “This gives our work force access to these services at the installation, during and after work hours, without having to drive to the local communities. We determined the prices based on a survey of the local facilities that offer these services to the public.”

The Post Library also offers 24 computers, with Internet access.

Sanjari said the Post Library offers access to the Web-based Wisconsin Resource Sharing and Information and Access System (WISCAT), an interlibrary loan system. WISCAT provides an online connection to other Wisconsin or network libraries and can be used to request and check out library books, for example.

Sanjari said personnel must be at Fort McCoy long enough to order the material, receive and use it and send it back.

Patrons seeking tutoring assistance also can use the computers to access online information, such as the military tutoring program at http://www.tutor.com/military, he said.

CAC personnel also can help patrons tap into the newest technology, e-books. Sanjari said personnel can download free e-books from the Internet on their e-readers or other suitable technology, including those available through the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) website.

The library offers Common Access Card readers to allow access to material available on the AKO website or other sites that require the cards. Authorized patrons also can download e-books on e-readers if the e-books are available from other library systems, while following any regulations or restrictions that apply at those libraries.

The Fort McCoy Post Library has a limited supply of paperback books, audio books, CDs and cassettes available to take or for trade. Some hardcover, audio book and reference material is available for checkout through the front desk. Movies also are available for rent through the Recreation Center.

“We have everything from mystery to nonfiction books available,” he said. “All of the library material can be taken or checked out for free. If the material has to be checked out, we have a basic, two-week period.”

People who desire access to and e-mailing or printing of documents, including photographs, can bring those in on a CD. Jump or flash drives are not allowed per Army regulations.

Sanjari said the library also has ample working areas, including tables that can support unit work groups, for example. The computers also include access to a scanner.

The CAC hours, which include the library, are from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, and closed Mondays, Tuesdays and federal holidays. For more information, call 608-388-3213 or 608-388-2410.

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