Welcome to the
Craft Memorial Library
600 Commerce Street, Bluefield, WV 24701
Phone: 304-325-3943,     Fax: 304-325-3702
Director: Eva McGuire

Library Collections

In addition to loaning out books, we also have the following available at the library:

Magazines Books On Tape Videos Databases
Large Print Books Local/Regional Newspapers Contractor Manuals


Magazines - The following magazines are available for in-library use:

AARP Air & Space American Baby American Heritage Atlantic Monthly Better Homes & Gardens Business Week
Chronicle of Philanthropy Coal People Communication News Consumer Reports Discover Ebony Esquire
Family Circle Forbes Goldenseal Good Housekeeping Governing Government Technology Harper
Mayo Clinic Health Newsletter Jet Money N.A.D.A Official Used Car Guide National Geographic National Geographic Kids National Review
Newsweek Parenting Outdoor Life People Weekly Popular Mechanics Readers Digest Redbook
Saturday Evening Post Scientific American Sierra Smithsonian Southern Living Sports Illustrated Time
UDC Magazine US News & World Report WV History Wonderful West Virginia AND  MORE!


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      Books On Tape and CD

Two week loan period

May be renewed

$0.10 per day overdue charge



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and DVDs

Videos and DVDs may only be checked out by someone 18 years old or older

7 Day loan period

May not be renewed

$0.25 per day overdue charge

Library will not be responsible for any equipment damage

Limit of 10 videos and 2 DVDs



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           Large Print

2 week loan period

May be renewed 

$0.10 per day overdue charge 

The computers may also be viewed in large print font.  

A large screen magnifier is available for use in the library for reading print mats, such as books, magazines, and newspapers.

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Local & Regional Newspapers
  Some of the Local & Regional newspapers we carry are:

  Bluefield Daily Telegraph    Charleston Gazette The Charlotte Observer
Princeton Times Register Herald (Beckley) Roanoke Times

USA Today

Wall Street Journal

Welch News


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  Contractor Manuals - The manuals for the state contractor's licensure tests are available to checkout, under the following conditions:

The patron must have a valid Library Card with current information on file.
A $35.00 cash deposit per title will be required to check the materials out.

*  This deposit is refundable, in full, if returned on or before the due date.  

*  The deposit is only refundable to the person that made the deposit. 

As a Reserve collection, these materials will circulate for a period of four days.
Contractor's manuals may not be renewed.
$1 per title, per day will be deducted from the deposit each day a title is overdue. 
Maximum fine will be replacement of the book.
The newest editions of contractor's materials will be shelved at the front desk as a part of the reserve collection.
If a book is lost, the patron is responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book plus a $3.00 processing  fee.  The check out deposit will be retained as a payment toward the lost book fees.

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   Databases -        

Whether you are in the library or at home, try our databases for all your research needs.  Through the West Virginia Info Depot, you may search the following databases:

Ebscohost (username:  west  password: virginia)

This database contains:
Ebscohost Web
 Searchasaurus-Beginning searchers can find magazine articles, newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries and more on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to stories.  This database is geared towards children up to 5th grade.
 Kids Search-This database is for Children in K-8th grade and offers magazine articles, biographies, images, and more on a variety of topics.
 Student Research Center-A place to find general information on a variety of topics (business, curent evetns, math, technology, etc.) from a variety of sources (newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.  For middle-high school student searchers.
 Consumer Health Complete- Looking for easy to understand health information?  Try here.
 Points of View- Need to see opposing viewpoints for a project or debate?  This database provides information on currently debated or controversial issues in order to help users understand all sides of an issue.
 Novelist-Looking for that next great book to read?  Try Novelist.  Reviews, Author Readalikes, and booklists are just a few of the great features this database offers.
 Novelist (K-8)- This version of Novelist for the younger generation offers great reviews, booktalks and information about fiction books for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Small Engine Repair-Need to repair your lawnmower? tractor? motorboat? ATVs? motorcycles? other small engine?  This database contains an extensive list of repair and maintenance manuals in PDF format, including the full set of Clymer's small engine repair manuals.

Learning Express Library
-Are you preparing for a test?  Need to study?  Learning Express offers 29 different categories of tests and tutorials, including the SAT, GRE, AP, and ASVAB.  Practice for civil service, career, school, academic, and basic skills exams with this database.  Users will create their own login identification and password.

Grolier Online (username: west password: virginia)
-  Find research starters, homework help, and current events or search the encyclopedias and reference guides with this database.

Oxford English Dictionaries (username: craftmem password: craftmem) 
More than 350,000 entries and definitions and over 600,000 synonyms and antonyms.  Also includes audio pronunciations, millions of example sentences, and extensive sections with detailed writing, grammar, and spelling guidance.


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