BRILLIANT - Three years ago, Jefferson County residents passed a levy that provided additional funding to the county library system and its branch libraries - and Brilliant voters are credited with being among those most supportive of the levy.
"The Brilliant Library is extremely popular, as we found out in 2010 when we did the library levy," said Alan Hall, director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. "All those communities (having branch libraries) voted very strongly for the levy. In Brilliant, I think it passed with 65-70 percent of the vote."
He believes Brilliant residents see the value of their library.
The library in Brilliant, a branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, was established in 1937 by the Carnegie Library.
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For example, the branch library in Brilliant serves as a hub where patrons can go to access the Internet - and perhaps obtain needed forms for state agencies.
There also are high-speed printers at the library, as well as fax machines and scanners. All of this is important, Hall said, because many residents and businesses may not have this equipment at their disposal.
"It's incredibly important to have Internet service available at the branch libraries," Hall said.
"We still feel there are people who don't have Internet and can't get access to the information they need. ... We are the last public service desk."
He said many state agencies have closed local offices as their services have gone online.
Someone who needs to apply for unemployment benefits or find a tax form often must find access to the Internet if there is no local office to help them in person.
Libraries actually weren't slated to have federal tax forms to provide to patrons this year, Hall said.
But the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and its branches have gone through 25 cases of forms this tax season.
"Each of our libraries is unique and serves a specific purpose," Hall said. "I love them all."
The library in Brilliant was first established in 1937 by the Carnegie Library. Its first location was under the stairway of the first floor of the Lincoln School.