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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Public Library Brings Digital Books to Customers with eBooks Online

Redwood City, CA - March 8 , 2005 - With just a Redwood City Public Library card and Internet access, the book-loving public can now download popular titles to smart phones, PDAs, and PCs through Redwood City’s new online digital library. By simply logging in with their library card number, customers have immediate access to an ever-increasing number of eBooks and Audiobook titles.

The online collection is available through the Library’s website - go to online materials and then E-Books. The digital collection contains popular fiction, self-help, business, reference titles, and more.

According to Dave Genesy, Redwood City Public Library director, “This is a tremendous asset for the community of Redwood City! About 75% of our residents have Internet access, and we recognize that a growing number of people are using portable devices like Smart Phones and PDAs – now we can offer access to books and other library information in any way people want it."

The portable digital format of eBooks and Audiobooks offers countless advantages for not only home use, but also business travelers and students. It 's a valuable tool for those learning to read and gives the visually impaired even greater access to materials, with complete control over text size. Users also love the convenience; when the loan period is over the file expires and the materials are automatically checked back in. Similar digital libraries are now in use by other public library systems in the bay area, and across the country. OverDrive, Inc., a leading worldwide digital media vendor, developed the technology and supplies eBook and audio titles to Califa, a consortium of California libraries developed to improve online library services.

Those with a library card are urged to try out eBooks today, and they’ll be amazed at this new resource for Redwood City. For those without a library card, now there’s even more to gain from joining the Redwood City Public Library. Just fill out the library card application online, or go to any branch library and ask to obtain a card.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and helps our community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present.” More information about library events and services, and the Foundation, is available on the library’s home page at www.redwoodcity.org/library, by calling 780-7026, or by picking up a Library events calendar in any Redwood City library.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
David Genesy
Library Director
(650) 780-7036

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