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Posted by: John Brace | 20th November 2011

Wirral Council libraries & e-books

Following the recent press release from Wirral Council about e-books being available from November 11th I thought I would try it out.

Here’s how you go about borrowing an e-book.

1) Go to the Wirral Libraries website.
2) Enter your borrower number (it’s on your library card) and PIN number.
3) Click Log In.
4) Click Search for eBooks.
5) Enter information in one of the fields to find a book, such as I searched for ebooks using the author Asimov in the creator field.
6) If you find an eBook you want, click Add to Basket. Or alternatively add some more eBooks first.
7) Click Proceed to Checkout.
8 ) Reenter your borrower number and PIN number
9) Click sign in.
10) Click confirm checkout.
11) Click download. There’s also a link here to the software you need (which only needs to be installed the first time).
12) Enjoy reading the book (using Adobe Digital Editions).

This does save time travelling to and from libraries, is a boon for anyone who is housebound. However only four eBooks can be borrowed at any time.

There are also pages on Wirral Council’s libraries website that go into more detail about eBooks.

The reason eBooks are now available is because they were put in the Budget for this year by the Conservative and Lib Dem councillors on Wirral Council. Here’s the relevant bit of the budget.

During 2011-2012 we will modernise the service our libraries provide to make them more attractive and equipped for 21st Century users by investing in the installation of wifi, information screens and a brand new e-book service in every library: £120,000.


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