Monday, August 01, 2005

Library Offers Digital Sanborn Maps

New Castle-Henry County Public Library received a donation for the online edition of the Digital Sanborm Maps for Indiana and Ohio. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists, real estate professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The maps include information such as the outline of each building, and the size, shape and construction materials used to build it. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas. They cover from 1867 to 1970. In addition, the library has the major Henry County towns on microfilm.

Other library databases, many of which can be used from home include:

  • Encyclopedia Brittancia - a comprehensive database that contains a complete encyclopedia and the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
  • INSPIRE - a collection of more than 20 databases provided by the state of Indiana.
  • NoveList - a resource to help fiction readers find new authors and titles.
  • BookLetters - subscribe to a newsletter that will keep you up to date on the materials of interest to you.
  • BooksInPrint - find detailed information about books, audiobooks, and videos/DVDs currently in circulation.
The library also offers an online catalog and an online book club. For more information see the library's home page.


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