17th July 2012
Shetland Library launches ebook lending service
Shetland Library has launched an ebook lending service to let customers download books through their computers.
The eBooks are available through a link on the Library website and free to borrow for all Shetland Library members. They can be downloaded to a range of devices, including iPhones, iPads, Android devices and many eReaders.
Customers can borrow or request up to four books concurrently for a loan period of up to 21 days. All they need to login is their borrower number and PIN. The site uses free Adobe software, which users will be prompted to download and register the first time they borrow books. Unfortunately these books can’t be used with the Kindle e-reader, because it is an Amazon-linked product that doesn’t allow Library loans.
At the moment the service is aimed at customers who may already be using ebooks, but the Library plans to organise demonstration sessions and provide information for new users later this year.
Ebooks will be of value to varied groups of people, including those who find it difficult to visit the library in person, or who read large-print books.
“The service enhances the ‘24-hour Library’ online services we offer.” said Library manager Karen Fraser. “Our members can already consult a range of excellent reference books through our website, but now they also have the option to download novels to read. We carried out a survey earlier this year and there was a lot of interest in being able to borrow ebooks, so the Library is delighted to be able to keep up with the needs of readers.”
Informed by the results of the survey, the ebook site stocks mainly adult fiction at the moment, but the range will be developed according to continuing demand, and it is hoped that e-audio books can be added this winter.
The ebook lending site is at http://shetland.libraryebooks.co.uk or via a link on the Library website at www.shetland-library.gov.uk. The site includes a help section. Customers who have forgotten their PIN number can contact the Library for a reminder.
The new service has been made possible by a £10,000 grant from the Scottish Government Public Library Improvement Fund with assistance from the Scottish Library and Information Council.