Henry Bloom Noble Library launches eBooks service

The Henry Bloom Noble Library is the first public library in the country to offer a free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks service.

This is as a result of a £7,500 investment by Douglas Borough Council. The bespoke software is provided by leading eBooks digital distributor OverDrive. This service is accessible 24/7 from home via the internet.


Borough librarian Jan Macartney said: 'We see eBooks as a “virtual” library, one that is complementary to our existing services, offering customers a wider choice and attracting a new audience of all ages. eBooks are very much the way forward for people with busy schedules and who are constantly on the move as they can access the online library 24/7. OverDrive is a well-established and proven supplier of downloadable digital content already used by more than 50 libraries in the UK. The system is user-friendly and the browsing and check-out procedure very similar to that used for online shopping. We have a selection of over 400 titles and, as the service attracts greater numbers of customers, we will expand the range.’

Leisure Service Committee Chairman Councillor Stephen Pitts said: ‘The Council is responding to consumer demand for a wider choice of online services. This authority is leading the way on the Island by providing digital media in an easily transferable format.’

Membership of the Henry Bloom Noble Library is required to access the service. For more information click here.


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