On Tuesday, Feb. 21st Richmond Public Librarys (RPL) new stand-alone eBook collection eBooks @ Your Library will go live. Powered by OverDrive, it functions like the provinces Library to Go collection, but is uniquely Richmond Librarys. To use the new collection go to www.yourlibrary.ca/ebooks.
What you need to know:
eBooks @ Your Library is only accessible to Richmond residents. This is due to the librarys licensing agreement with OverDrive, passed down from book publishers.
Richmond residents who have holds for eBooks or audiobooks in Library to Go will automatically have their holds transferred to Richmonds new eBooks @ Your Library collection.
The eBooks @ Your Library collection functions similarly to the Library to Go collection, but weve tried to simplify things and make it easier to use, said the librarys manager of customer services, Susan Walters. Whats great is that Richmond residents will now have access to the new eBooks @ Your Library collection and the Library to Go collection, and they can even have holds in two places. Our goal is to build our own collection to meet local demand so that its one-stop borrowing, added Walters. Richmond Public Library will try to buy all popular titles and customer suggestions, but there are publisher restrictions on what is made available to libraries in eBook and audiobook format.
Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and the Fraser Valley are also starting their own eBook collections so customers from those cities can use those own library systems to access eBooks and audiobooks. Customers from West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Squamish, etc. will continue to use the Library to Go downloadable eBook service and will have to use their home libraries for access to eBooks and audiobooks. Access to eBooks and audiobooks for customers from other parts of BC will depend on their home library collections.