Q. How long can I keep eBooks? Do I have to return them?
I would like to start using eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, but I'm confused about how check out works and how long I can keep them! Can you help?
Knowing how to check out eBooks and how long you get to keep them can be confusing!
- eMagazines (RBdigital Magazines, Bookan, EBSCOhost):
You don't have to return these, and there is no limit on how many you can check out.
- eBooks from TotalBooX, Safari Books Online, Books 24x7, Gale, and Biblioboard:
With the exception of Total Boox, all of these are streaming, which means that you don't check them out and you generally don't download them. TotalBooX lets you check out, but you get to keep the books for as long as you'd like. You can remove them from your account and check them out again as often as you want!
- eMedia from OverDrive, Axis 360, RBdigital, enki, and EBSCO eBooks:
3 week loan period, 10 max items, renewals allowed
These work very much like physical books from the library. You check them out and are able to keep them for three weeks. Renewals are allowed as long as no one else has the items on hold. The big difference between these and regular books is that you don't have to return them if you don't want to -- they will return on their own when the loan period is over. There are no fines on electronic materials!
Hoopla is a bit different from the rest:
- Each card holder gets 6 total checkouts per month
- eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eComics go out for 3 weeks
- eMusic goes out for 7 days
- eMovies & eTelevision goes out for 3 days
Hoopla is currently the only eResource where you can get electronic movies and music!
We limit each user to six items per month because Hoopla works on a pay-per-use model. When a user checks out an item, the library is charged for that item. This is an exciting model, because it means that we are only charged for what people use! It also means that, as more and more people use Hoopla, the price to the library goes up. We limit to six items per month so that everyone gets a chance to check out and enjoy the materials Hoopla offers and we don't go over our budget for that resource.
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