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So what’s the hubbub about eBooks, and how does the Darien Library fit into this digital world? This past year was a big one for eBooks. In 2015, eBook circulation in libraries across the country skyrocketed, with over 33 library systems in large cities exceeding a million checkouts. Each month Darien Library adds hundreds of titles to our eBook lending libraries, of which we have three: Overdrive, Hoopla, and the 3M Cloud Library. The Children’s and Teen Library are especially proud of our eReading Room, which is offered through Overdrive. This special portal on the library’s website links children and teen eBook borrowers directly to content just for them! All adult books are omitted from the eReading Room, making it the perfect place for anyone ages 0-18 to browse through the 1,800+ titles we offer through the eReading Room.
If you are a Darien resident, work full-time in Darien, or are a Friend of the Library who has donated $300 or more, Darien Library offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for check-out through those three vendors. Each service offers free apps that can be easily downloaded to your tablet device or phone. Overdrive also has an exclusive contract with Amazon which allows readers to download kindle books to their devices and Kindle apps.
We also offer a Netflix-like streaming service, Hoopla, with offerings such as television shows, movies, music, and comics in addition to eAudiobooks. Additionally, the library offers eMagazines through a service called Zinio, a convenient free app that you can download to your devices. The service can also be used on a desktop or laptop computer through the library’s website.
If it’s cold outside, the library is closed, or you just don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas this winter, there’s a way to get great books, movies, tv shows, music, magazines, and audiobooks delivered right to your device. Check out our Digital page to learn more!