The Chesterfield County Public Library has expanded its services with the addition of a downloadable, digital library that offers audiobooks, e-books, and e-magazines. This free and easy-to-use service enables library cardholders to browse and download thousands of titles electronically simply by visiting http://library.chesterfield.gov/screens/eCollections.html.
All customers need to borrow from the digital library is a valid library card, a personal computer and an Internet connection. Once a title is downloaded, it can be enjoyed on the computer or transferred to a supported device, such as an MP3 player, iPod or an electronic reader. Customers can select their own lending period of seven, 14 or 21 days. At the end of the lending period, the title automatically expires and is returned to the digital collection. There are no late fees and no risk of damaging items.
To bring this service to customers, the library is partnering with OverDrive Inc., a Cleveland-based company and leader in providing infrastructure for premium digital downloads.
“This service is one more step toward providing the latest technology for our digitally connected customers,” said Mike Mabe, director of the Chesterfield County Public Library.
funding for the project came from the library’s budget for materials.
“As customers go from using CD players to listen to audiobooks to MP3 players, we have begun shifting some of the budget we use to buy books on CD to this downloadable product,” Mabe said. “It is more like a shift of dollars from one popular format that is waning to another format that is growing in popularity.”
For more information about the downloadable digital library, contact your local library.