Librarians select books, journals, and databases that contain authoritative information produced by experts in a certain field. These might be expert researchers, professional experts, or journalists from news sources with a long reputation of credibility or editorial oversight.
Library resources are free for your use.
Libraries are able to purchase one copy of a book or DVD, which can be shared by many people. Libraries also pay to subscribe to Databases, which can contain millions of full-text articles and book chapters.
The NWTC Library offers Library Search, which lets you search the library's physical and electronic resources using one simple search box!
Library resources are organized.
Items are organized so you can find all the sources on a topic. For example, when you search for a book in the library catalog you will get a call number. The books shelved near the same call number will cover a similar topic.
Library resources are meant to be kept for long periods of time.
A primary function of a library is to be an organized storehouse of information. As well as finding very current information, you can also find books that are no longer published and older issues of magazines.