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By Rachel Ponder, APG News

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The next time you need a good book to read or just need a quiet place to relax, consider using the APG Morale, Welfare and Recreation Library.

Located in the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center, the library is open to Soldiers and their Family members, civilians, retirees and contractors.

Although small in size, the library offers a selection of more than 10,000 items including fiction and non-fiction videos, magazines and audio books. Items that cannot be found in the library can be requested through an interlibrary loan system.

The library houses about 4,000 DVDs that include everything from new releases, foreign films, TV series and fitness videos to Blu-ray movies and video games.

Librarian Mike Lacombe said the DVDs are, by far, the most popular item. And he called its convenience one of the facility's high points.

"On their lunch break, patrons can grab something to eat at the North Side Grill," said Lacombe, "then come and check our selection."
He said patrons can enjoy free Wi-Fi and printing, photocopy, fax, and scan capabilities.

"And the computers are in the process of being connected to the recreation center's Wi-Fi, so soon everyone will be able to use them rather than just CAC-holders."

And all of those benefits, said Lacombe, are in addition to the cost savings. For a clearer picture of just how much the library is worth (in retail dollars), he encourages patrons to use Interactive Library Use Value Calculator at www.apgmwr.com/recreation/libraries.

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