The Livingston County Library has started offering ereader devices for patrons to check out.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Library Director Robin Westphal:

Robin Westphal

Westphal said their goal with the program is two-fold.  “One, we want to get folks using our Missouri Libraries 2 Go Program and seeing how it works,” said Westphal, “The second part of this is for them to become familiar with the technology.  We of course are always going to offer print books, that’s something that will never go away in libraries, but the trend has been toward books being available in a downloadable or e-content, and we want to be able to offer something that introduces this technology to our patrons.”  Two Kindle Touch and two Nook Simple Touch ereader devices are available for patrons more than 18 years of age to check out.

Press Release from the Livingston County Library

October 3, 2012 – Leading the way with new technology, the Livingston County Library now has 2 Kindle Touch ereader devices and 2 Nook Simple Touch ereader devices available for check out to library patrons.

Library card holders 18 years of age and older, who’ve had a card at least 6 months can now check out an ereader for 2 weeks, with up to 5 titles preloaded on the device. Titles will be selected from the Library’s ebook collection.

“We’re excited to offer our patrons the chance to try out an ereader using the vast collection of titles we have available through our Missouri Libraries 2 Go ebook subscription,” commented Library Director Robin Westphal.

“Through a grant administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, and funded by the Library Services and Technologies Act through the U.S. Department of Musuem and Library Services, we were able to purchase these devices and offer them to our patrons,” Westphal continued. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Ebook use has grown tremendously and the Library’s Missouri Libraries 2 Go downloadable ebook and audiobook program has been a very successful program. “Thus far in 2012, Livingston County Library patrons have checked out over 2,600 ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from our collection,” stated Westphal.

“Checking out ereaders gives our patrons the chance to try the device to see if they want to purchase one for themselves. We also think some people will like the idea of having several books all in one device if they have to travel or sit at an appointment for an extended period of time,” Westphal said.

Devices will be available on a first come, first serve basis and patrons can be put on a waiting list for a device, much like a book. A valid library card, clear of overdue items, fines and fees is needed and patrons will sign an agreement outlining the charge for a lost or damaged device.
For further questions or to put a device on hold, stop by or call the Library at 646-0547.