How to Borrow an Ebook From a Library

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An e-book is a book that can only be viewed on your computer, smartphone or digital e-book reader, like a Kindle or a Nook. E-books are growing in popularity. At some libraries, you can even borrow an e-book and download it onto your computer.

  • Visit the website of your local library.

  • Click on the "Advanced Search Options" offered from the section of the site where you can search the library catalog. In many libraries, you need to go into the advanced search option to find the e-books.

  • Select the option for e-book downloads. This is sometimes referred to as the "Downloadable Library" and can generally be found under the "Type of Book" section of the search features.

  • Type in the rest of your criteria for the type of work you're looking for.

  • Click "Search." Once you find the e-book you want to borrow, select it.

  • Enter your library card number if you are prompted to do so. Once the necessary information is entered, you can download the e-book and borrow it for a certain period of time, generally two to three weeks. When the book is "due," it is no longer available on your electronic device.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need a library card to check out an e-book. If you don't have a library card, visit your local library to get one.

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