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Print from home a new option at Gautier Public Library

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Gautier Public Library offers digital magazines on iPads among other digital options now available at Jackson County libraries.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Gautier Public Library offers digital magazines on iPads among other digital options now available at Jackson County libraries. SUN HERALD

GAUTIER -- Anyone with a library card can send a print job to the Gautier Library from home, or anywhere else they might be, then go pick it up and pay.

The new mobile print service works best with an app on mobile devices and from a website with laptops and desk tops, but it's all email-driven.

Customers can stack as many print jobs as they need in a day and review the cost, but they must pick them up on the same day, because the file clears out at the end of each day.

Picking up a print job is as easy as logging in at the library, using an email to identify the job.

The new ability comes at a time when tech grants are adding digital services to all branches of the Jackson-George Regional Library system.

At Gautier, as at others branches, a library card lets patrons shop digital magazines. iPads are available in the branch for reading ebooks and more than 70 digital magazines. When all the popular computers are in use, laptops are now available for customers in the branch.

The remote print option is a relatively new thing.

"It saves time," said Gautier Library Manager Randy Smith, who has the app on his phone. "Keeps you from having to dig through a flash drive."

The library is located near the Jackson County Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where the service may become popular with college students.

Smith called the library system's digital services a relatively "untapped value."

He said the library system staff goes into the community as much as possible to promote digital options, but people are still just discovering the options.

With a library card, people can learn up to 80 languages and English as a second language using Mango.

They can read full, digital copies of magazines that have stories with links.

And they can check out ebooks two at a time, whether on computers at the branch or at home with a library card.

The Gautier Library is located at 2100 Library Lane and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

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