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What are RSS feeds?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. But what does that mean, you ask? Think of RSS as the ability to create your own newspaper. Each feed you subscribe to shows you the headlines for your favorite columnists, products or news updates.
Essentially, RSS gives you the ability to subscribe to the newest content on the web, similar to an email newsletter.
What if I don't want to subscribe?
Don't worry! RSS feeds can be viewed like any other webpage. Simply click on the RSS button () to view the feed.
The Library's Feeds
- Most of the feeds that are found on the Westerville Library's website are updated at approximately 3am every Tuesday morning. The exceptions are the New Today, Upcoming Books, Upcoming DVDs and Upcoming Music lists which are updated every weekday at 3am. (Note: The "upcoming" lists will display the newest items available to reserve at the top of the page.)
- Many of the feeds show all of the new items that arrived at the library and went on the shelves since the last time the feed was updated. The "upcoming" feeds show everything that the library ordered since the last time the feed was updated.
- The library's blog feeds and "other" feeds, such as our Events calendar feeds and the feeds associated with our GoodReads, Delicious, Twitter and Flickr accounts, are updated in real time.
- You can find the library's feeds by looking for the RSS button () on our website or by browsing the full list.
- If you are having trouble viewing our feeds, try clicking the Refresh or Reload button on your browser.
- If that does not solve the problem, try updating your browser to its newest version. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari all offer free browser updates.
Note: Some browsers do not support RSS feeds.
How do I subscribe to a feed?
- Select the RSS feed you’d like to subscribe to and click on it.
- Copy the web address (URL) at the top of your browser. (The address will always end in .xml)
- Paste the URL into your RSS reader or aggregator, such as MyYahoo!, Google Reader or Bloglines.
- Each reader or aggregator is different. If you have trouble subscribing, please check for instructions within your reader.
Find Out More
To find out more about RSS feeds, view our RSS Feeds 101 presentation.