Readers can now get digital books from the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, and, like everything borrowed
from the library, they’re free!
The new service gives owners of popular Internet-enabled devices such
as the Kindle Fire, Nook HD/ HD+ and iPad access to hundreds of titles
that can be downloaded from the libraries’ websites.
According to Gemma Williams, director of the Kirby Library, the Luzerne County Library System has acquired a collection of digital books for
the use of anyone with a Luzerne County Library System library card and
a mobile device. “Best of all,” she adds, “readers can
download books anytime from anywhere in the world.”
“You don’t have to visit the library to get eBooks, and you don’t have to worry about whether the library is open,” she said. “The digital collection is available 24/7.”
The Library System collection includes fiction and non-fiction titles,
including best sellers. Children’s books and teen titles are
also part of the collection.
The Library System has acquired over 1,100 digital books to date and
is continuing to add more, says Richard C. Miller, District Library Center Administrator for the Wilkes-
Barre Library District, which is funding the project.
“Borrowing eBooks from the library is quite simple,” he said. “
Anyone with an eReader can do it. The only preliminary step is a one-
time download of free software to enable the process.”
Clicking on the digital books icon on
a library’s home page takes the library patron to the collection’s “ Magic Wall” where the covers of
recently added volumes are displayed. Using tabs displayed on that
page, they can then sort works by type (fiction or non-fiction) or by subject
Books selected for the digital collection
reflect the preferences of local readers, Miller said. “We choose
books for the eCatalog based on what’s in demand at our libraries in print editions and audio books,” “As time goes on, we will continue to shape the collection to meet the needs
and requests of readers,” he added.
Detailed instructions for using the digital collection are available at
any Luzerne County Library and at the Luzerne County Libraries website
Library patrons can also get help learning how to use the collection by
visiting the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library.