Patron Thousands of Miles Away Uses Library Ebooks

While I’ve seen lots of “our library has ebooks” stories, this one give concrete examples of how ebooks can make a library much more accessible to its patrons. The Park Ridge (IL) Public Library has contracted with e-vendor Overdrive to provide e-titles via its catalog. Patron Paul Pacholski, on business in Singapore

logged on, accessed the Park Ridge e-book system and browsed their 500-title collection. He picked a guide to Hong Kong – the city he would travel to next – and “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut. With his high-speed Internet line, he checked out the books and downloaded each in less than a minute.