Richmond Hill Public Library has chosen Ristech's Viewscan III microfilm/microfiche readers for their library patrons to research and browse their extensive collection. This aquisition will benefit the community by prioviding them access to an emmense wealth of local history and geneological data.
Additionally patrons can bring in their colour slides to view, and digitally reproduce as they desire.
Microfilm is a photograph (generally a negative image) of a paper or computer record usually reduced in size from the original. Microfilm may be used as a verb to describe the actual process of microfilming or as a noun to describe the photographic media.
The Richmond Hill Public Library has served the community for more than 150 years. The Library has over 66,000 active users with on average 20,000 people per week coming to the libraries, using services, resources and programs. It serves the population of approximately 165,000 Richmond Hill residents through its four branches: Central Library, Oak Ridges Moraine Library, Richmond Green Library and Richvale Library.
Central Library warm walkway
The Library's mission is to provide a progressive user-oriented library service which responds to and anticipates the educational, leisure and other information needs within the community by:
Promoting a lifelong interest in learning
Supporting the pursuit of learning
Providing information needed for daily living and life transitions
Fostering an informed community
Offering opportunities for creative use of leisure time
Each year, over 1.5 million books are borrowed and educational related programs are attended by more than 17,000 people, with the majority being children. On-line services are the fastest growing area of library service with over 350,000 on-line sessions on e-journals, e-books, other databases, the Internet, and the local history/genealogy databases.
Located on the fourth floor of the Central Library, the Mary-Lou Griffin Local History Room is the largest repository of genealogical data in York Region.