By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Staff members at Multnomah County library branches can teach patrons two new ways to download and read e-books. One method is the 3M Cloud Library and the other is OverDrive, said Shawn Cunningham, communications director for the library system.
Patrons may search and download e-books from the library website or through the 3M Cloud Library mobile app. This covers about 5,000 titles and more are added all the time, Cunningham said.
Downloading is a one-step process, and each title will be available to all a patron’s devices that have the 3M Cloud Library mobile app downloaded. For example, patrons can check out and begin reading an e-book on an iPad, then finish the book on an Android device or a laptop. Patrons can check out up to six titles at a time. However, because of an Amazon decision, 3M books are not compatible with Kindle.
The library’s “Library2Go” service has a new name, more books and a simplified borrowing process, Cunningham said. Patrons now may download e-books and audiobooks from the library’s OverDrive site or via the OverDrive app. E-books can be read on a desktop browser with OverDrive READ and on mobile devices with the app.
“As the evolution of mobile access continues to erode the ‘digital divide’ for our patrons,” said director of libraries Vailey Oehike, “we will continue to grow this collection to meet the diverse needs of the community we serve.”
In the past three years, circulation of the library’s 80,000 e-books has increased more than 2,300 percent, Oehike said. Although some large publishers limit the titles available to public libraries, Multnomah County’s library purchases e-books as they become available.
The library also offers 87,000 items in other downloadable formats, including audiobooks, videos and music.