Library launches eBook collection Thursday

POSTED: 06/17/13 11:31 AM

St. Maarten – On Thursday the Philipsburg Jubilee Library will launch its e-Book service to the public of St. Maarten at 6 pm, in the library’s hall.

As the demand for eBooks among library patrons continued to grow and its use slowly becomes common place among readers, it is with these developments in mind that the library decided to diversify its collection, by expanding it to include eBooks.

“It is important that we keep up with the demands in our quickly evolving, technology advanced world, for the sake of literacy. We strive to continue to be relevant, while promoting literacy, be it from the pages of a book or the screen of an eReader”, activity manager and public relations officer Morenika Arrindell stated in a press release.

The major advantages of using eBooks for library card holders are that they can borrow books from the comfort of their home, effortlessly change the font size of their selected book at will, and never worry about accumulating late fees because the book will be automatically removed from their computer, tablet, mobile phone or e-reader after the expiration date.

The current checkout limit is currently set to three books, as the library is still building up its eBook collection. The library will continue to expand the collection according to the wishes of the public. The lending periods are: 7, 14 or 21 days. That choice is solely up to the library card holder.

In addition to eBooks, the library is also going to lend its eReaders to aged 18 and older. Currently, the library has 5 Nooks that can be borrowed from the information desk. User guides for the website and eReader will also be made available on the library’s website at www.stmaartenlibrary.org or upon request at the information desk.

The public is invited to attend the launching of the eBook and eReader collection on Thursday, June 20, 2013, where various dignitaries, staff members, senior and young library card holders will be on hand to give their thoughts on how eReaders are an important part of literacy.

For more information contact the library at 542 29 70.

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