Metro libraries writing a novel chapter in e-book lending

“The Twin Cities metro library systems could soon become the first in the nation to share e-books, vastly expanding the number of titles available to library patrons. With e-book users complaining of long waits and limited selection from their local libraries, the change is a sign that e-book lenders are responding to the huge demand. “Anything to have a wider selection would be great,’’ said Keeya Steel, 27 of Edina, an e-book user who guesses she has just a 50-50 chance of finding a book she’s looking for in the Hennepin County system. Print books have gone back and forth across county lines on interlibrary loans for 50 years. But since 2010, when libraries started lending e-books, they have loaned them only to their own resident patrons.” (via Star Tribune)

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