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Science, Industry and Business Library188 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), the nation's largest public information center devoted solely to science and business, was created by merging The New York Public Library's extensive resources and services in these areas. Its circulating and noncirculating collections are enhanced by services and electronic resources geared to the needs of science and business users for quick, efficient access to accurate, up-to-date information.Reflecting advances in information and computer technology, SIBL houses multi-format collections.
An Electronic Information Center (EIC), with 73 workstations, connects users to the hundreds of internal and external electronic information resources. The EIC is supported by a 39-workstation Electronic Training Center (ETC). SIBL also offers a circulating library of approximately 4o,ooo titles, and a noncirculating research collection of 1.2 million volumes.
Collections and Resources
Electronic Resources, Democratic Access
SIBL was designed to allow its users to take maximum advantage of the opportunities provided by today's information technology revolution. This approach provides the public with open access to the World Wide Web, global and local information, and communication -- an increasingly important factor in individual and community development and growth. The technology-supported services were developed in the Library's tradition of democratic public access. Their design addresses the information needs of people with varying degrees of technological sophistication, diverse economic circumstances and cultural backgrounds, differing levels of education, and widely ranging research needs. Primary features of SIBL's technological offerings include:
Remote Access to SIBL's Resources
Technology enables The New York Public Library to become a library without walls, serving a broad public constituency locally, nationally, and internationally. World Wide Web access on a 24-hour basis and document delivery make it possible for users in offices, educational institutions, libraries, and homes throughout New York, the United States, and the world to search for and request material from the Library's collections. SIBL is also a gateway to the vast resources of The New York Public Library's branches and other research libraries.
In addition, SIBL provides seating for up to 5oo users, with each reader position wired to support users' own laptop computers. SIBL's infrastructure was developed with as much flexibility as possible to allow for future developments in the information industry and library service. The Library continually monitors advances in technology to keep its services current and relevant to user needs. Targeted Information Services As a major research center, SIBL continues to serve a diverse, international audience of users. In addition, to ensure optimum service to special constituencies of users, SIBL has implemented a series of targeted information services, including:
Summary of SIBL's Features
The Science, Industry and Business Library is part of The New York Public Library, which consists of four major research libraries and 85 branch libraries located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.Considered one of the world's greatest libraries, The New York Public Library is the only facility of its kind, with both world-class research and circulating collections that are free and open to the general public. Now in its second century of service, The New York Public Library continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of its millions of users worldwide.
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