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The Library has begun lending out 6 ebook reading devices!

  • 4 Kindles (Amazon)
  • 2 Nooks (Barnes & Noble)
  • 2 Sony Readers "Touch Edition"

Please read through the follow Frequently Asked Questions, and let us know if you have any other questions we can assist with. (If you'd like to send us a question by email, click here.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question #1: How do I get in line for the devices?
    • Answer: You can place a request for the devices online just as you would for a book that is already checked out. To find the devices in the catalog, click on any of the links listed below, or search in the online catalog for Kindle, Nook or Sony Reader. Then click on the "Request" button just as you would for other library materials. If the devices are listed as available, just ask for one at the front desk on the main floor.
  • Question #2: How long do we get to borrow the device?
    • Answer: 1 week with no renewals. We want as many patrons as possible to have a hands-on opportunity to learn about them.
  • Question #3: Are there fines for bringing back the devices late?
    • Answer: Yes, the fine is $2/day.
  • Question #4: Do I get to purchase and/or download ebooks, or are ebooks already preloaded on the devices?
    • Answer: Each device will have 10-20 ebooks already loaded on the device, and you will be unable to purchase or download additional content. As a result, you will not be able to transfer downloaded ebooks from OverDrive onto the devices.
  • Question #5: Do I have to leave a deposit with the library when I check out one of the devices?
  • Question #6: Can children check out these devices?
    • Answer: Patrons must be 18 years old or older to check out the devices. That doesn't mean a parent couldn't let their child use the device. It just means that the adult will be responsible for any damages or loss of the device
  • Question #7: What titles have been preloaded on each of the devices?
  • Question #8: Are there user manuals available for each of the devices?

Required Borrowing Agreement

When patrons come to check out one of the devices, they will be required to sign a Borrowing Agreement that outlines what they are responsible for in the case of theft or damage to the device. An unofficial sample of what the borrowing agreement will look like can be downloaded here. The official agreement forms are available at the front desk on the main floor if you'd like to see them.

The only information that differs between the forms is the total amount of money due in the case of loss, theft or damage. For the Kindle, that figure is $345. For the Nook it is $395. For the Sony Reader it is $360.

Preloaded Content On Each Device (click here for a printer-friendly version)

Preloaded content on the Kindles

  1. Art of Racing in the Rain / Garth Stein

  2. Checklist Manifesto / Atul Gawanda

  3. The First Rule / Robert Crais

  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson
  5. The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Help / Kathryn Stockett

  7. The Housekeeper and the Professor / Yoko Ogawa
  8. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
  9. In Defense of Food / Michael Pollan
  10. The Lacuna / Barbara Kingsolver

  11. Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Ever Seen / Leonard Maltin
  12. Let the Great World Spin / Colum McCann
  13. The Lightning / Rick Riordan

  14. Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell

  15. Outliers / Malcolm Gladwell

  16. Slaughterhouse Five / Kurt Vonnegut

  17. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer

  18. Under the Some / Stephen King

  19. When You Reach Me / Rebecca Stead
  20. Wolf Hall / Hilary Mantel

Preloaded content on the Nooks

  1. Bloodroot / Amy Greene

  2. Cellist of Sarajevo / Stephen Galloway

  3. The Girl who Played with Fire / Stieg Larsson
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Stieg Larsson
  5. The Good Thief / Hannah Tinti

  6. The Help / Kathryn Stockett

  7. Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins

  8. In Defense of Food / Michael Pollan
  9. Inside of a Dog / Alexandra Horowitz
  10. Lost Symbol / Dan Brown
  11. New Moon / Stephenie Meyer
  12. Outliers / Malcolm Gladwell
  13. Remarkable Creatures / Tracy Chevalier

  14. Secrets of Eden / Christopher Bohjalian
  15. When the Game was Ours / Larry Bird
  16. When You Reach Me / Rebecca Stead
  17. Worst Case / James Patterson

Preloaded content on the Sony Readers

  1. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter / Seth Grahame-Smith

  2. Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us / Daniel Pink
  3. The Girl Who Played with Fire / Stieg Larsson

  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Annie Barrows

  5. In Defense of Food / Michael Pollan

  6. The Man from Beijing / Henning Mankell
  7. Matterhorn / Karl Marlantes
  8. Outliers / Malcolm Gladwell
  9. The Postmistress / Sarah Blake

  10. A Reliable Wife / Robert Goolrick

  11. The Shack / William Young

  12. Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. Shutter Island / Dennis Lehane

  14. Still Midnight / Denise Mina
  15. The Story of Stuff / Annie Leonard

  16. Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1/Stephenie Meyer

  17. When You Reach Me / Rebecca Stead

  18. Witch & Wizard / James Patterson

Preloaded content on all three devices

  1. In Defense of Food / Michael Pollan

  2. Outliers / Malcolm Gladwell

  3. When You Rreach Me / Rebecca Stead

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