Wednesday, March 10, 2010

EBooks debut Monday, March 15 via Library2Go

logo, download audiobooks, video, and now ebooks!

On Monday, March 15th the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) will expand its downloadable collection with the addition of eBooks available at

This new service is made possible through WCCLS’s participation in a statewide consortium known as Library2Go. From the comfort of their homes, WCCLS cardholders can browse the collection, check out, and download eBooks, audiobooks and videos anytime, 24/7.

photo, Sony eBook Reader by CloudSoup

“Using local funds, the consortium members have pooled their resources to enable the purchase of thousands of best-selling and classic titles. All of the eBooks can be downloaded and read on your personal computer or compatible portable reading device,” said Eva Calcagno, Director of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Oregon’s Library2Go opening eBook collection features thousands of titles including fiction such as Sue Grafton’s U is for Undertow and non-fiction such as Accidental Billionaires: the founding of Facebook, a tale of sex, money, genius and betrayal by Ben Mezrich.

eBooks can be read on a PC or Mac® using free reader software called Adobe® Digital Editions. eBooks can also be transferred to popular e-reading devices like the Sony® Reader and the Barnes & Noble nook™.

To check out eBooks, audiobooks, and video, users need a valid WCCLS library card, computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital media can be enjoyed on your home or office computer and transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods®, Smartphones, and more.

At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the virtual collection. Users may also choose to return eBooks early and gain access for checking out additional titles.

Library2Go is sponsored in Washington County with funding from WCCLS, a library Cooperative serving nearly 520,000 residents. Library2Go is also supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.