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Traditional library service, now online ...

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
September 28th, 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

In one fell swoop the Nelson Municipal Library added thousands of new books to its borrowing arsenal.

With the click of one of the six new Kobo Readers on hand at the Library, people who take out the small, portable, electronic tablets for reading books can access thousands of books available through the Library’s online service.

The Readers come pre-loaded with 100 classic books, but you can download your own from the Library’s online catalogue — which it shares with libraries across the province.

The books stay on the Reader for the same three weeks you would check a book out from the Library’s physical collection.

“So it’s very much like traditional library service, but just online,” said chief librarian June Stockdale.

On a single charge the batteries for the Readers last 30 hours, but they can also be plugged into a computer and the books read on the computer’s monitor.

The Kobo readers fit into the Library to Go program — the online catalogue of downloadable audio and e-books — which has also resonated with Nelsonites. The city placed third in the province for check outs.

People who wish to access the Library to Go program only need a valid Library card and an online account, as well as an internet connection.

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