Book lovers have no need to despair--the evolution
of libraries to "Digital Libraries" and online catalogs
does not mean printed books will fade away. Access to OPACs (library
lingo for Online Public Access Catalogs) simply means that you
have the ability to search card catalogs from the comfort of your
home--it does not mean you can view the holdings, although
digital library programs may someday make it possible.
Public libraries are not the only ones making their catalogs
available online...university and other educational institutions, state
libraries, as well as genealogy and historical societies are jumping on
the Internet bandwagon and creating a vast resource for you to search!
Even if your public library does not have a big genealogy section, you
can still locate and borrow books on family and local histories, how-to
books, periodicals, microfilms and microfiche of various documents, and