Leading the way with new technology, the Livingston County Library now has two Kindle Touch ereader devices and two Nook Simple Touch ereader devices available for check out to library patrons.

Library card holders 18 years of age and older, who have had a card at least six months can now check out an ereader for two weeks, with up to five titles preloaded on the device. Titles will be selected from the Library's ebook collection.

"We're excited to offer our patrons the chance to try out an ereader using the vast collection of titles we have available through our Missouri Libraries 2 Go ebook subscription," commented Library Director Robin Westphal.

"Through a grant administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Secretary of State's Office, and funded by the Library Services and Technologies Act through the U.S. Department of Museum and Library Services, we were able to purchase these devices and offer them to our patrons," Westphal continued.

The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Ebook use has grown tremendously and the Library's Missouri Libraries 2 Go downloadable ebook and audiobook program has been a very successful program. "Thus far in 2012, Livingston County Library patrons have checked out over 2,600 ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from our collection," stated Westphal.

"Checking out ereaders gives our patrons the chance to try the device to see if they want to purchase one for themselves. We also think some people will like the idea of having several books all in one device if they have to travel or sit at an appointment for an extended period of time," Westphal said.

Devices will be available on a first come, first serve basis and patrons can be put on a waiting list for a device, much like a book. A valid library card, clear of overdue items, fines and fees is needed and patrons will sign an agreement outlining the charge for a lost or damaged device.

For further questions or to put a device on hold, stop by or call the library at 646-0547.