Borrow, exchange, or buy books at JSDCL! The library offers traditional print materials in all genres of fiction, nonfiction and reference materials in Spanish and English for children, teens and adults.
Reference: Our newly updated reference section contains encyclopedias and reference materials in Spanish and English, weighted toward Spanish-language material for students. Our children’s area contains its own reference section as well as non-fiction books on all subjects. The library’s circulation desk staff is available to help visitors make the best use of all the library’s resources. Our budding digital collections include 123 years of the iconic National Geographic magazine on CD.
Destiny Library Manager: provides centralized access to enriched, educator-reviewed digital content and tools that help librarians, staff and students locate and share resources with ease. Library users access and search our library’s Catalog from the library on our Destiny interface. Members may search the catalog from home and create an account to reserve a book for later pick up.
Destiny Quest: Is a graphically appealing library search interface with a member login feature especially designed for students from grades K to 12. Members can access Destiny Quest from home, search for books on a particular topic, find a game, or create an account and communicate and exchange information with their friends.
Britannica Online: JSDCL provides full access to Britannica Online, an all-in-one collection featuring multiple resources in one location: primary source articles, full text e-books; atlas and geography resources and maps, news, biographies, timelines and more. Choose a level: Children, Young Adults or Reference Center. Use the one-click dictionary and translation services within articles. Or choose the all-Spanish Britannica Enciclopedia Moderna.
Puerto Rico Collection: JSDCL has an extensive collection of books about Puerto Rico or by Puerto Rican authors. Copies of fiction and non-fiction that can be checked out are found on the Puerto Rico Collection shelf in the Reference area. Others are kept as reference on the shelves behind the front counter. Just ask!
Put and Take Shelves: These shelves make up an informal book exchange service for mass paperback fiction up to five years old. Sign out (“Take”) up to four books and bring (“Put”) up to four books in exchange. There is no time limit on how long you keep the books you take.
Used Books for Sale: Browse through our “For Sale” shelves where books retired from or duplicated in the library’s collections or older mass-market paperbacks are for sale from prices as low as 50 cents.
Computer Labs: One or the other of JSDCL’s two computer labs is always open for use by the public, and a library laptop can be set up at any of the library’s study tables. Computers, either desktop or laptop – each equipped with Microsoft Office programs and Internet access– are available for use on a first come/first served basis. An attendant or volunteer is always available to help you find what you need or to print your work. You may save your work onto a flash drive. If you do not have your own, you may purchase one at the front desk.
Students: may use computers for up to 1 hour free if they are library members; $1.00 for additional hour or fraction.
Adults: $2.00 for first hour or fraction thereof. Additional hour: $1.00.
Wi-Fi: Wireless access to the Internet is free for library members using their own computers.
Copy, Printing and Faxing Services: Scanning, faxing, printing and/or copying of documents in black and white or color from the library’s computers or your own computer or flash drive.
B&W: Students: $0.15 per page; Adults: $0.20 per page
Color: Students: $0.55 per page; Adults: $0.60 per page
Scanning: $0.25 per page
Faxing: $1.50 first page; $0.50 each subsequent page
The library also assumes the task of obtaining certain documents from government agencies online for clients who do not have their own computers or do not know how to use online services.
Good Standing Certificate: $1.80
ASUME Compliance Certification: $1.40
Certification of Department of Labor
and Human Resources: $1.20
Participant Certificate of PAN and TANF Benefits: $0.40
DTOP Certificate of Vehicle Fines: $0.20 per page
. This service is available Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
CompTIA Academy Partner &
Pearson Vue Testing Center
CompTIA is the international computing technology industry’s trade association, dedicated to helping individuals and professionals acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and credentials for a successful IT career path.
The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library arranges for internationally recognized CompTIA training courses for individuals interested in a career as a computer technician or professionals who wish to advance in their fields.
The courses prepare individuals to acquire the certifications that are a prerequisite for jobs in a long list of local, national and international companies.
CompTIA courses at the library depend on the availability of certified teachers and a minimum number of students.
The library is a qualified Pearson Vue Testing Center for all CompTIA certification exams, with the lowest prices in the market. [See Programs: “Advanced IT Training” for information about the most popular courses.]
Permission to use a library meeting room may be granted during library hours when the facilities are not needed for JSDCL-sponsored activities. Non-profit groups and organizations are given priority; others are asked to make a contribution to the library. Call Johana Morales (787) 796-3675 to check on availability.
Community Satellite Libraries (“Proyecto Integra”)
Through a partnership with the Puerto Rico Legislature, JSDCL establishes small digital satellite libraries in public elementary schools situated in rural pockets of Dorado, Vega Alta and Vega Baja. These operate from 3pm to 6pm as after-school community libraries on the Jane Stern model, with an early education play area; children’s books; computers, and a rapid internet connection and JSDCL’s online resources such as Britannica. They also provide free programs for adults and children per neighborhood surveys (such as computer use, art, English, and music).
Existing community libraries under Proyecto Integra:
Escuela Cristobal Santana / Melecio, Calle 8, Rio Lajas, Dorado
Escuela Elisa Dávila Vázquez / Carr 679 Km 2 Hm 3 Sector Fortuna, Barrio Espinosa, Vega Alta
Escuela Rosa M. Rodríguez / Calle Jupiter, Barriada Sandín, Vega Baja
Escuela Luisa M. Valderrama / Carr 696 Km 1hm 5, Bo Higuillar, Dorado
Escuela Luis Muñoz Rivera / Ave Dr Pedro Albizo Campos, Bo Mameyal, Dorado
Escuela Alfonso López Garcia / Carr 694, Km 4.8, Bo Maguayo, Dorado
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