Multnomah County Library adds over 23,000 streaming nonfiction e-books

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 28, 2011— Multnomah County Library’s e-book offerings are now richer by 23,000 titles, and growing. A new streaming e-book collection called Public Library Complete brings patrons a vast range of adult nonfiction — everything from career development to cookbooks to personal finance — from popular publishers.

These streaming e-books can be read online from any computer with a patron’s library card number and PIN. All titles are included in the library catalog; patrons can go directly to the text of each e-book from its catalog entry. There is nothing to check out or download, no expiration date, and no intermediary software required. Multiple users can access an e-book simultaneously.

The library subscribes to Public Library Complete through ebrary, a provider of e-books and research technology to libraries worldwide. Using ebrary, patrons can search for e-books by keyword, publisher or author; easily explore any part of an e-book by selecting relevant chapters or flipping pages; and highlight, take notes, print pages and more. Advanced features, such as saving searches, are also available for patrons who wish to create a free ebrary account or download an optional plug-in.

Currently, the ebrary collection includes over 3,000 Spanish titles, and new titles are added regularly. Some fiction titles are available, though the focus of the collection is nonfiction. At this time, ebrary is not optimized for mobile viewing.

ebrary e-books provide another electronic reading option for library patrons, who already enjoy borrowing downloadable e-books, audiobooks and videos from Library2Go; and viewing e-books, e-journals and databases online from web-based services like the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about ebrary e-books are available on ebrary’s help page.

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person. To read more about Multnomah County Library, please visit www.multcolib.org.