Library patrons may download e-books

From Press Reports

The new year has brought new services to the Webster County Public Library with e-books and a new web page.

The Tombigbee Regional Library System, which includes the Webster County Public Library, has received a Library Services and Technology federal grant, administrated by the Mississippi Library Commission, to purchase electronic books that can be read on a variety of devices, including popular e-readers like the Kindle and Nook, as well as some tablets and smartphones.

TRL also received another LSTA grant to upgrade the library’s website.

Library cardholders my browse the main website at www.tombigbee.lib.ms.us, click on the Overdrive Icon at the bottom, and with their library barcode and pin number, check out books for up to two weeks. Users will need to have wireless access and install the free Adobe Digital Editions, available on their device.

Up to four books can be downloaded at a time; others that are in use can be placed on hold. Titles will be automatically expire after two weeks. There are no overdue fees and it is free with the user’s barcode. To get started, you must be somewhere with wireless Internet access. If you do not have WiFi at your home, the library offers free WiFi.

“To offer our patrons more selections, TRL has partnered with the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in the Mississippi e-book Consortium,” Webster County Branch Librarian Fran Smith said. “With so many patrons owning smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc., we are excited to offer this new service. At this time new e-books are not available from the publisher for free download. We will be adding additional titles to the e-book list gradually.”

For more information or to receive help in getting your device set up or about getting a free library card, call Webster County Public Library at 258-7515.