Delaware Libraries Help Patrons Make the Most of Their Digital Devices This Holiday Season

Date Posted: Monday, December 16th, 2013
Categories:  Delaware Libraries Department of State


During the holiday season, many Delawareans will be receiving or giving new eBook readers, tablets, and smartphones—and Delaware Libraries have the collections and resources to make sure library patrons can make the most of their digital devices.

Users can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from Delaware Libraries by browsing the collection at and using a valid library card. Borrowed titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

“Delaware libraries offer an unbeatable value: free checkout of eBooks and eAudiobooks through the statewide online library catalog,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman.  “And there are never any late fees!”

Delaware Libraries’ digital book collection has been available for almost two years, and it has been growing steadily in that time:  There are now over 10,000 titles in the digital book collection.  This collection is very popular with library users.  November 2013 continued the trend of record-setting borrowing levels.  On average, Delawareans download 600 eBooks and eAudiobooks daily from the digital collection.

Starting this year, Delaware Libraries are making it easy for users to search beyond the state’s digital collection and provide title recommendations to add to the collection.  Readers now have the option to discover and sample excerpts from hundreds of thousands of “Additional Titles” that are not part of the current collection. Via “Recommend to Library” links, users can also suggest titles they’d like to see added to the catalog, giving the library a new method of patron-driven acquisition.

The Delaware Libraries digital collection is free for patrons with their library card. To get started enjoying eBooks and eAudiobooks visit

About Delaware Libraries—  All 32 county, municipal, and independent public libraries throughout Delaware collaborate to offer free 24/7 access to the online catalog ( and Ask a Librarian Delaware; free access to Wi-Fi and computers/internet with the fastest broadband speed in the nation; free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, jobs databases, homework resources, audio content, and DVDs; free informal training for patrons, community partnerships, and much more to support Delawareans in their lifelong learning interests.

Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan at (302) 257-3002 or, Delaware Division of Libraries, Deputy Director

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