Free eBook loan scheme launches at libraries

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 January 2012

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A NEW eBook service is being piloted in libraries across North Somerset.

The service, which allows people to download more than 700 electronic books via PCs, mobiles or laptops, is being lanched to tie in with a week-long celebration for National Libraries Day on February 4.

Owners of iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones and tablets as well as Sony Readers, Kobo and Nook e-reader devices will be able to download the eBooks for free – although it is not compatible with Amazon Kindle.

Library members can choose titles they want to read and download them for up to 21 days. Loans automatically expire, so there are no late fees and the service is completely free.

To use the service, visit www.librarieswest.org.uk

On February 4, North Somerset library members will also be allowed to take out up to four items and borrow two DVDs for a week for the price of one.

The Bookstart Bear Club for pre-school children will also be launched at all libraries in North Somerset open on National Libraries Day. All children joining the club will receive a pack containing a certificate, bookmark, door hanger and a special passport to collect stamps each time they visit the library.

Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/libraries for more information or contact 01934 426 010. To find out more about National Libraries Day go to www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk

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