Borrow eBooks From Your Local Library

Interactive truck to teach library visitors about eBooks

We sure love our historic artifacts here in D.C. Artifacts like Lincoln's coat, the Declaration of Independence, paper books, library cards...

Well, actually, if you thought your library card was outdated now that you have an e-reader, think again. The Digital Bookmobile is coming to town to show anyone who has a library card how to take advantage of libraries' digital collections.

The Digital Bookmobile is a tractor-trailer that travels around the country, teaching people of all ages how to download books from your local library for free.

It features interactive demonstrations and learning stations where people can actually try out devices. There is also an area to teach library visitors about audiobooks, music and video.

The digital library collection is available any time. All you need is a valid library card and an Internet connection.

By searching your library's database, you can download e-books and digital audiobooks, and just like checking out an ordinary old-fashioned book, it's free. To make things easy, each title comes with a designated lending period and when it expires, it's automatically returned to the library's "virtual branch," eliminating late fees.

To learn more you can visit the Digital Bookmobile in person on one of these days:

  • Sept. 20, 1-7 p.m., George Mason University - Fairfax Campus
  • Sept. 21, 1-7 p.m., Arlington Public Library - Central Location
  • Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., National Book Festival on the National Mall
  • Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., National Book Festival on the National Mall

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