Heights Libraries now offering e-readers at all branches

Thinking of buying an e-reader? Try one out first at Heights Libraries. Heights Libraries has recently added e-readers to the collections at the Coventry Village, Noble Neighborhood, and University Heights locations. The Lee Road Library has offered e-readers since January 2011.

“Our customers have been clamoring for more e-readers, so we’re thrilled to be able to offer them at all of our branches,” said Kimberlee DeNero-Ackroyd, Heights Libraries deputy director. “Our librarians have been fielding more and more questions about e-book readers, especially from customers who are considering purchasing one."

“Circulating these devices serves several purposes,” explained DeNero-Ackroyd. “It gives customers an opportunity to try these products and make more informed purchasing decisions, it provides library customers an opportunity to try a different reading experience, and it also allows us to experiment with new ways of serving our customers.”

Each branch will now have at least three e-readers to circulate: Coventry and Noble will each have two Nooks and a Kindle, and University Heights will have two Kindles and a Nook. The Lee Road Library currently has nine e-readers: one Nook Color, four Nooks, and four Kindles.

The new e-readers come preloaded with 40 popular book titles for adults, teens and children, including The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Bossypants by Tina Fey, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Customers cannot load books onto the devices.

The Nooks and Kindles can be taken home for up to 14 days, and the devices must be returned to the branch they were borrowed from. Information related to the special loan policies for e-readers can be viewed at www.heightslibrary.org/page/electronic_guidelines.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library System

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:25 PM, 01.23.2012