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Electronic Books and Devices Available at County Libraries

The Mountain Road and Riviera Beach branches, along with all of the other libraries in Anne Arundel County, will allow patrons to borrow e-readers starting on Nov. 2.

If you don't have an e-reader but are eager to try a Nook or Kindle, you'll soon be able to borrow one at the and . Each branch will have e-readers available for borrowing—and placing holds on the devices—starting Nov. 2, according to a release from Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL).

The Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation Inc. recently provided $50,000 to the library system to purchase 200 e-readers.

“It is a very exciting time for the Anne Arundel County Public Library and the Foundation is proud to be a part of providing Library patrons with this cutting-edge resource,” said Eric Edstrom, president of the Foundation Board of Directors, in a release.

Here are some quick facts about the devices and e-books from AACPL:

  • The devices are pre-loaded with up to 30 titles.
  • Children’s titles are available only on the Color Nooks.
  • The check-out period for the devices is three weeks. 
  • For those who have their own devices, the library provides free access to more than 5,000 e-book titles (see attached PDF for sample list).
  • Patrons must have a valid library card, Internet access, and the applicable software in order to download content to their device. 
  • From the AACPL homepage, go to “eLibrary” to check out e-books.
  • Checkout period for e-books ranges from one to two weeks, and the books expire at the end of their loan period so there are no late fees.
  • Patrons are limited to four e-books and/or audiobooks at a time.

The e-books are available in Adobe PDF and EPUB formats. Compatible e-readers include: Alex; iPad (iOS v4.0 or newer), Kobo (Borders); Nook, Color Nook (B&N); Kindle (Amazon) and Sony eReader. Android, Blackberry and iPhone, as well as computers running Mac OS v10.4.9 (or newer), Windows 98 SE (or newer) and Windows Mobile 5 and 6 are also suitable devices for download.

For more details, go to the AACPL website or call 410-222-7371.

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