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Opinion

Carlson: Check out eBook resources at Westmont Public Library

Community Voice

Alex Carlson is the head of adult services at the Westmont Public Library.
Alex Carlson is the head of adult services at the Westmont Public Library.

Each year, the Westmont Public Library sees an increase in the use of electronic content we offer. This past year, the circulation for eBooks increased by 23 percent. While our printed resources are still popular, it is clear the community of Westmont values and enjoys the library’s eBook resources.

There can be big advantages to using eBooks. There are frequently shorter wait times for popular materials, and some platforms, such as hoopla, offer content on demand so you can immediately download and go. With all of our eBook services, card holders enjoy the benefit of no overdue fees and no worries about returning books on time because returns are handled automatically. Patrons can check out their items from the comfort of their own home or on the go, wherever internet access is available.

The Westmont Public Library currently offers three platforms to use when downloading eBooks: OverDrive, cloudLibrary and hoopla. Each service offers a wide variety of eBooks with choices from many different subject areas. Westmont patrons are encouraged to use all three eBook platforms, as well as the numerous other electronic resources on our Digital Branch at westmontlibrary.org/digitalbranch. There is no penalty for borrowing content at the same time on all three services as they are each independent of one another.

To browse, check out and read eBooks on your tablet, e-reader, phone, desktop or laptop computer, patrons simply need to download a free app. Search for the OverDrive, cloudLibrary or hoopla app in the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store or Google Play. Once the app is downloaded onto your mobile device, patrons can browse, select and borrow titles online and begin reading them almost instantly. We offer detailed instructions on our website at westmontlibrary.org/digitalbranch/ebooks.

Patrons also can schedule time to meet one on one with a librarian from our adult services department for individual assistance with a particular device or service by using the form on our website or calling the adult services department.

Alex Carlson is the head of adult services at the Westmont Public Library.

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