Henderson Libraries evolves with the times, offers more than 22,000 e-book titles to Henderson residents

More than 22,000 titles are offered in electronic format, can be borrowed online

HENDERSON, Nev. – As technology has changed the way the world reads, it also has changed the method of borrowing books, and Henderson Libraries has evolved with the times. Readers find their materials online, and patrons of Henderson Libraries are no different. There are currently more than 22,000 titles available in electronic format through the Libraries’ online borrowing system, which can be read on the most popular and lesser known e-reading devices.

Henderson Libraries utilizes two e-book suppliers to give patrons the largest variety possible. More than 20,000 e-book titles are available through Freading, which offers materials on virtually every e-reader except Amazon’s Kindle. Overdrive offers 2,316 titles; 2,267 are available for Kindle. Reference materials also can be read online via the computer through Gale Virtual Reference Library and Ebsco eBooks in addition to Overdrive.

To borrow a book online with a registered e-reading device, such as a Kindle or iPad, or mobile app, Henderson residents need a valid library card and an online library account available at www.mypubliclibrary.org. Instructions to download library titles to all e-readers are available online at www.mypubliclibrary.org by clicking on “downloads.”

“Henderson Libraries will continue to devote resources to the growth of the e-book collection as more and more people use e-readers, tablets and other mobile devices to access library materials,” said Tom Fay, executive director of Henderson Libraries. “If tax revenues continue to decline as they have over the last four years, obviously there will be less money to purchase e-books as well as everything else, but we will continue to add to the collection slowly. With the possibility of branch closures, and the recent reduction in hours, it will become even more important to offer online resources that can be accessed remotely and independently from the library’s brick and mortar schedule.”

In the meantime, to help grow and sustain the e-book collection, philanthropists Bob and Sandy Ellis have donated $25,000 to the Henderson Libraries specifically to support that collection.

“Libraries are very important to this community,” Ellis said. “The library has told us that e-books are in great demand and both Sandy and I are happy to help them. We hope others will join us in donating to the library’s collections. We know the library needs more funding, but with everyone’s help, we can make our libraries better step by step.”

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For additional information on Henderson Libraries, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6581.

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