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e-READER lending service
Welcome to our e-Reader lending service page! Please read through the following Frequently Asked Questions about our eReader lending service, and don't hesitate to ask a librarian online here or by telephone at 508.799.1655 x3, if you'd like to know more about our service.
What is the e-Reader lending service?
The eReader lending service is a pilot program. This program is developed to explore how Kindle and NookColor can be used effectively as an alternate tool to build up the library's ebook collection and to explore how new technologies can enhance reading and learning.
Who can check out an e-reader?
We have e-readers available for three audiences:
- Adults (ages 18 and older)
- Teens (ages 13 to 17)
- Children (ages 0 to 12)
Any Worcester public library card holder in good standing (i.e. library account is not blocked due to unpaid fees or lost materials) with at least 3 month borrowing history can check out an e-reader. The check-out limit is one e-reader per household at any time. The library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who abuses equipment or is repeatedly late in returning e-readers.
How do I get started?
First fill out WPL E-Reader Request Form. An email will be sent to you to notify the availability of the e-reader of your choice and the time to check the e-reader out at the library.
If you choose to request for a device directly from the catalog, search for Kindle Worcester, Nookcolor Worcester, Kindletouch YA or Kindletouch Kids to find the appropriate ereader. Do not click on the "Place Hold" button on the right. Scroll down a bit and click on Click here to request - Worcester patrons only and then proceed with your request.
When you come to check the e-reader out, you and (if you are ages 0 to 17) your parent or legal guardian will be asked to complete the WPL E-Reader Agreement, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost or damaged equipment. Patron or patron’s guardian will be asked to show a current photo ID to validate against patron record.
Are the library's e-readers pre-loaded with some ebooks?
Where do I return the e-reader when I am done?
The e-reader cannot be put in the bookdrops. The e-reader must be retuned to the checkout desk. A designated staff will do a visual check to ensure that the device and accesories are returned in good condition. Please have sufficient battery charge on the device
when returning the device so the device can be checked in properly.
How long can I keep the ereader?
You can keep it for 14 days.
Can I renew my e-reader?
No. You are not allowed to renew at this time.
May I add an item from my personal Amazon Kindle or B&N account to the Library’s eReader?
No. You may not add your own materials to the library’s e-reader.
What are late return fines?
Fines are $5 a day, beginning on the second day overdue.
What happens if I lose it?
The cardholder or cardholder’s guardian will be charged for any reader or accessory not returned to the Reference Desk or returned damaged:
Replacement Costs: NookColor
Nook device $250
Replacement Costs: Kindle
Kindle device $140
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