The Ottawa Public Library is encouraging speed reading with a new “express” ebooks system, the first of its kind at a Canadian public library.
Starting Wednesday, customers can borrow new and bestselling English-language ebooks for a loan period of seven days. The express system, previously only available for print books, now includes fiction and non-fiction ebooks.
“With a shorter loan period and a no-holds policy, express items help OPL optimize its collection, catering to fast readers,” a press release states.
The OPL’s website notes: “Ottawa Public Library eBooks get returned automatically once the loan period is finished so there will never be any late fees.”
Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the library board, said the service will help readers discover new authors and enjoy their favourite genres in a “novel” way.
OPL customers with a valid library card can access express ebooks through the ‘cloudLibrary’ app on most devices, including computers, smartphones and Kobo e-readers.
Author: Naomi Librach