Library Staff Braces for Barrage of Devices in January

For Immediate Release:  Dec. 10, 2012

Contact: Mary Mulrenan 703-324-8319

Once all the holiday gifts have been unwrapped, a new mass of readers will be introduced to the world of eBooks. The Pew Research Center has conducted surveys over the last few years to see how many people in America have e-readers and tablets — and the numbers nearly doubled from December 2011 to January 2012. On Dec. 25, 2011, Fairfax County Public Library customers downloaded more than 1,500 digital items to read, listen to or view.

Many of these new e-readers (both the devices and their owners) will wind up at their local library branches in search of help navigating this new world. The library is getting ready for the invasion. Most of the 23 library branches in Fairfax County have set up eBook workshops – either in a classroom setting or one-on-one tutorial -- to help customers search for and download eBooks from the library website. (Technically the books are downloaded from one of the library’s eBook vendors such as OverDrive.) Staff at every branch are prepared to help customers find the correct instructions for their devices or to direct them to the library’s website for more information. Extra eBook workshops are being offered in January since it’s not always possible for staff to offer customers one-on-one help without a prior appointment.

If you are purchasing an e-reader for people on your shopping list, why not get them started by providing details about library eBooks? You can stop by your local branch and pick up some library materials related to eBooks or visit any of the links below for more information.

A library card is required to download eBooks. Applications can be submitted online or at any library branch. Cards are free for people who live or work or go to school in Fairfax County. Residents of surrounding counties can apply for a reciprocal library card. People outside the local area pay an annual fee to access the collection.

We look forward to seeing everyone in January! Welcome! (We’ll teach you the secret handshake later.)

Important Links for Accessing Library eBooks
Library Website
Library Card Application
Download Help Online from OverDrive
Upcoming eBook Clinics and Workshops
Link to Library Catalog – specifically OverDrive the Most Popular eBook Vendor
Link to Always Available eBooks on OverDrive
Links to All the Library’s Sources of eBooks

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

Fairfax County Public Library
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Media Contact: Mary Mulrenan
703-324-8319, TTY 703-324-8365, Fax 703-324-3180

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