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There’s an abundance of eBooks and magazines online

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Libraries

If you are among the many who received a shiny new tablet, eReader or smartphone this holiday, you’ll be interested in all the books, music and magazines that are available to download for free when you use your library card. Whether you are a regular Joe or an all-out hipster, there’s sure to be plenty for you to download from your library.

Unlike finding the perfect ironic vintage T-shirt at a second hand store, finding what you want at the library is easier than ever. Visit our homepage at http://www.gcpld.org and use the search box on the top right. Type in the name of a mustachioed author, band name (preferably one only you know about), foreign film, organic themed magazine, or keyword involving micro brews. If, for example, you want to read “Super Sad True Love Story” you will be taken to a page that shows all the types of materials available for that title: book, audiobook and eBook. If the eBook is available right now you can click “Check Out” and download it immediately with your library card. If the eBook is not available you can put yourself on the list to get it when it becomes available by clicking “Place Hold.”

If you aren’t sure what you want to read, but want an eBook before your beard gets any longer, there’s an easy way to do just that. From http://www.gcpld.org click on the “Go” button next to the search box (which you leave blank). This will bring up everything available from the library. At the top of the results you’ll see icons for the different types of materials available. Click on “eBook” to narrow your results. Next click the “Available Now” tab (right below the material type icons), which will narrow your results to eBooks you can read immediately. From here you can continue to narrow your results to your heart’s content with the filters on the left. These filters include subject, language, year published, and one called “added in the last” which can show you those eBooks newest to our collection. Once you find an eBook you like click “Check Out,” enter your library card number, and then download it from your account page that comes up automatically.

But maybe you’d rather check out a magazine on your smartphone to read while waiting to pick up your new “electric blue peacock” Ray Ban glasses. Again you’ll start by going to http://www.gcpld.org and using the search box at the top. If, for example, you type “Poets and Writers,” the first on the list of results will be the Poets and Writers magazine. You can immediately download the current edition, or any back issue through last February (when the Garfield County Libraries subscribed to that magazine). You will need to have your library card number and set up a free account through Zinio (if you haven’t done so already). When you download digital magazines there are no due dates, and you can keep them for as long as you want.

If you need further help, or have any questions please contact your local library. We hope you take advantage of these resources — provided to all library card holders for free — and find your story. Just don’t get any mustache wax on your new iPad.


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