Fort Bend County Libraries is saving county taxpayers’ money by using email and telephone notifications rather than mailing out letters. Patrons may receive notices by email, telephone, or text message about books they have requested or that are overdue.
By sending out notices electronically, the library saves money on the costs of paper, printing and postage, which helps preserve the environment as well.
Library patrons can manage their online library account by clicking on “My Account” on the library’s webpage. To verify or add a telephone or email account to the record, simply go to “Contact Information and Preferences,” then “Preference for receiving library notices,” and select “email address,” “telephone,” or “TXT messaging” from the drop-down list to choose the format by which library information notices should be received. Patrons who opt to receive text messages will need to ensure that their cell phone number is included on their library record and indicate which cell phone provider they use by selecting a choice from the drop-down menu. Standard text-messaging rates apply, based on the patron’s cell-phone plan.
Patrons who do not already have an email address may sign up for a free email account at www.google.com (Gmail), www.yahoo.com (Yahoo mail), or www.msn.com (Hotmail). Librarians are available to help set up an email account if needed, or patrons may attend one of the libraries’ free classes on getting started with email. The libraries’ computers are available for patrons to check their email anytime. Fort Bend County Libraries does not sell or give patrons’ email addresses to another party.
For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or ask at any of the branch libraries.