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Video Games: Leveling Up: Open Gaming

Many libraries now support gaming, but how can you level up your offerings?

If you build it they will come

At the Marlboro Library, we had an xBox 360 available in the J area. It had a number of sports related, racing and Lego game demos installed. One of the most popular games was Minecraft, as 4 players could play in splitscreen.

I also installed the client for League of Legends.   on 2 machines. It requires a small footprint and doesn't require a dedicated graphics card. If you can, invest in a couple of gaming rigs and load them with some MMO clients as a service to your teens. Many are free to play.

Lord of the Rings Online

Everquest 2

How to Play League of Legends

MMO Family

MMO = Massively Multiplayer Online


Board Games: Tabletop plays Pandemic

Creative (Ages 5-12)

Misc Stuff

Educational Fun

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Mount Gambier Public Library, NC State Library, Deerfield Public Library (pics from Pinterest)


Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.

Up to 9 million gamers can be found logged in at any given time. You could install Steam on computers and allow patrons to create accounts and download  casual games which have been purchased (and virus free unlike various browser based or online games).

The Steam Summer Sale offers games at 20 to 75% off, many going for as little as $2.49. It's a great opportunity for librarians to also try out some games themselves.



GoG or 'Good Old Games' is a website where you can buy old classics (and some new) without any DRM. You can buy and install these games anywhere and any time you want and all the genres are represented.

Because Play Matters

Dr. Nicholson's Research at the Syracuse University School of Information Science

Featured in Mid-Hudson Library System Newsletter

VOYA 2/14

From the VOYA 2/14 issue:

Miami-Dade Public Library

The Alienware computers are preloaded with Steam (a digital distribution game platform) and include Batman: Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy XIV, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Portal 2 and NBA 2K13.