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Jack C. Taylor Library E-Reader Program
Why is the Jack C. Taylor Library at Fontbonne University loaning e-readers? The primary purpose is to provide a way for Fontbonne students, faculty, and staff to interact with emerging book and information technologies.
What types of e-readers are available at the Library? Three Kindles, one Nook,two Color Nooks, two Kindle Fires, and two Nexus 10 Tablets (by Google) have been acquired for the Jack C. Taylor Library at Fontbonne University.
How do I reserve an e-reader? To request an e-reader or view the pre-loaded titles, simply go to the Library’s online catalog and do a keyword search for the e-reader you’d like (Kindle, Nook, Color Nook, Kindle Fire, Nexus 10) and request that item. We’ll send out an email the moment your e-reader is available for pick-up at the Library’s circulation desk.
Links to the E-readers in Fontbonne’s Catalog:
Can I check out an e-reader without any content on it? All e-readers come pre-loaded with selected content. If you need a blank e-reader, please check with Library circulation staff and we’ll de-register and clear the device.
How long can I check out an e-reader? Can I renew it? What are the fines? The current check-out period for the e-readers is two weeks with no renewals.
What if the Library does not have the book I want pre-loaded on the e-reader? The Library will consider all requests; just ask!
Can I request to download the Library's ebooks on my personal Kindle or Nook? We cannot put our Kindle e-books on your personal devices because of Amazon/Barnes & Noble/publisher licensing restrictions.
Will the Library consider acquiring more and/or other types of e-readers in the future? E-reader circulation statistics and ongoing costs will be monitored to determine how effective and useful e-reader circulation is and to determine if more readers or other models should be tested by the Library.
Does the Library plan to replace print books with Kindle/Nook Reader titles? No, the Library recognizes that many people prefer print books to e-reader titles. In addition, e-reader formats are currently in flux, and the Library's goal is to ensure that titles purchased will be available long-term. The Library will still build its print collections in addition to purchasing high-demand titles for the e-reader collections.