What are the Genealogy Center’s hours during conference week?
The Genealogy Center will be open:
- Monday, Aug. 19 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (regular hours)
- Tuesday, Aug. 20 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (regular hours)
- Wednesday, Aug. 21 – 9 a.m.-midnight (extended evening hours)
- Thursday, Aug. 22 – 7 a.m.-midnight (extended morning & evening hours)
- Friday, Aug. 23 – 7 a.m.-midnight (extended morning & evening hours)
- Saturday, Aug. 24 – 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended morning hours)
No. ACPL is closed on Sundays during the summer and with the extended hours during the conference week; there are not enough staff hours to allow the department to open on the Sundays.
Is there a charge to take advantage of the extended hours at The Genealogy Center?
Extended research hours are free to all conference registrants with your conference name badge, with the exception of Friday evening’s hours, which will be part of the special local host societies’ event. Admission to that evening is by ticket, and tickets cost $10 each. Proceeds go to the Preserve the Pensions! War of 1812 Pension Digitization fund.
Where can I park during the conference and how much does it cost?
The library has a large surface parking lot, a parking garage under the building and a small surface lot. The Grand Wayne Convention Center and the Courtyard by Marriott have attached parking garages. Parking at most or all of these is $1 per hour, with a maximum of $7 per day. Meter parking is available on all but the main thoroughfares and is free evenings and weekends.
Can I bring my laptop, rolling computer case, scanner, digital camera … into The Genealogy Center?
Yes. If you are bringing a laptop computer, please bring a cable lock to lock it to the table, or plan to carry it with you.
Does The Genealogy Center have lockers where I can secure my items when I go to lunch or to conference sessions?
No, there are no lockers. Plan to secure your computer with a cable lock and take valuables with you when you leave the department.
Do I need to purchase an ACPL card to use the collection or the computers in The Genealogy Center?
No. Access to the materials is open to anyone. You will need a login number to use The Genealogy Center’s computers, but you can get a temporary one for the day at the Ask Desk.
Should I bring change for the copy machines?
No. The copy machines use cards. ACPL cardholders can use their library cards. Visitors can pick up a copy card at the desk. You load money (paper bills) onto your card and the card operates as a debit card at the copiers and the computer print stations.
What is the cost of copies and computer printouts?
10 cents each for computer prints or black and white copies from books. Two of our copiers will make color copies. These are 25 cents each. Copies from microfilm are free.
Can I scan books, microfilm images and images I find on the computer to a USB drive?
Do you have Wi-Fi?
Yes. However, The Genealogy Center does not have Wi-Fi printing. You will need to move to one of our wired research computers if you would like to print.
Does The Genealogy Center have a card catalog?
Not a physical catalog with cards. The Genealogy Center Catalog and the Microtext Catalog are on The Genealogy Center website at www.GenealogyCenter.org under “Databases,” then “Free Databases.” You can search the catalog in advance before coming to the conference and print out a list of books that you would like to see. There are four catalog-only computers in the department that do not require a log-in number when you are onsite, and you also can access the catalog from our wired computers or your laptop via Wi-Fi.