Monday, October 4, 2010

Libraries...physical book vs. e-branch.

I work in a bookstore. What do I need a library for? Well, a lot of things actually. Last March I drove up the street to our local library here in Tomball, TX and was completely surprised at how it has changed. The updated computer systems have replaced the old card system I remembered from my college days when I worked behind the circulation desk. Interlibrary loan emails you when your books come in. Amazing! But the best was saved for last. They now have an e-branch. Who knew?

Some of you may be asking, "What is an e-branch?" Well, it is the ability to sit at home in front of your computer (in your nightgown) and check out library books and build wish lists. They have books and audio books. You can use your IPod to listen to books and if you have a Nook (everyone should), you can read and listen to audio books at the same time. What could be better?

If you live in Texas, all you have to do is come to a Harris County Public Library and sign up for a card. My suggestion is to head up to the Tomball branch and ask for the wonderful Monica Colson, who can walk you through the entire process.

For those of you who do not live in Texas, check with your local library branch and see if they have a program. Many large cities are in contact with Overdrive Media and are setting up digital programs. They are easier for the libraries to maintain.

In summary, the library is still an important part of our community. They need all of our support, so visit your library today and check out what it has to offer you. Maybe they will have a knitting class!

To contact the Harris County Public Library system: http://www.hcpl.lib.overdrive.com/

2 comments:

Darcia Helle said...

Our libraries (Tampa Bay) have the e-system. In fact, I can "borrow" e-books on my eReader! Sometimes technology is a great thing.

Dana Wright said...

Yes, it sure is. Glad to know you have that there. Can you be a resident of Florida and sign up? Do you have to go to a Tampa library?