Multnomah County Library expands nonfiction e-book collection

PORTLAND, Ore. — Sep. 12, 2011 — Multnomah County Library has expanded its e-book collection with 8,500 new nonfiction e-books on economics, science and technology topics. The e-books complement the library’s current general nonfiction e-book offerings with more in-depth material that will be especially helpful for academic and other research.

This new service is made available through “patron-driven acquisition," which means that the library pays for books only as patrons use them. The patron-driven acquisition model is becoming widespread in large libraries across the country because it provides a cost-efficient way for libraries to offer deeper coverage on subjects that are not primarily driven by popular use, and respond to patron interests without making permanent purchases or taking shelf space. It also provides a way to offer materials that have shorter periods of relevance and are common targets for theft.

Each title can be viewed online and downloaded for up to seven days. To view a title, a library cardholder simply clicks on the title in the library catalog and enters his or her library card number (no PIN required). There is no limit on the number of people who can access an e-book simultaneously, or to how many times an e-book can be viewed.

Downloading the e-books requires Adobe Digital Editions, the same software patrons are using to read e-books from Library2Go, the popular service that provides a large selection of fiction e-books. The new e-books are searchable, printable, and offer tools such as note taking and citation assistance.

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.