Starting today, local readers will have access to 23,000 more e-books as the library introduces a new streaming e-book collection. With a library card and a pin number the e-books can read online from any computer and they don’t expire because the books aren’t downloaded but streamed. There’s no software to download and multiple users can read the same books at the same time.
The non-fiction e-books include everything from career development to cookbooks and are provide through an electronic collection called “Public Library Complete” by ebrary. The collection includes 3,000 Spanish-language titles as well.
From June 2009 to June 2010, patrons downloaded nearly 80,000 items from the library. With the new titles, the Multnomah County Library now offers about 45,000 downloadable items.