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eReader books also available to borrow at local libraries

| Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

This holiday season, you might receive a new tablet or eReader as a gift.

Some people are hesitant about buying such devices because they think there's an additional cost with buying books to put on the device.

What many people do not know is that many libraries offer free eBooks for people to borrow directly on their devices.

According to a Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the American Library Association, about 90 percent of public libraries offer access to eBooks.

Allegheny County Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh libraries use the eBook lending site OverDrive as its primary lending site. We also have some eBooks available through other databases, including Ebsco.

There are two ways to access the site: Through the web by going to:, and by download the free OverDrive app by searching for it in Google Play, Apple App, Windows or Amazon stores.

One of the many great features of OverDrive is that eBooks and audiobooks can be downloaded remotely and there's no need to come into the library to check things in and out — although we'd still love to see you or answer any questions you have.

There aren't even any late fees and books will check themselves in on the due date.

Yes, there can be a waiting list for more popular items, but you can be added to the hold list and receive emailed notification when the title is available.

Items can be checked out up to three weeks and 10 items can be checked out at once. This is separate from any physical items you may have borrowed through the library.

If you need more help, contact your local library, and someone there will be able to help you get started and answer any additional questions you have.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook, “like” the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

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