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Free eBooks available at libraries

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Published: 27/03/2013

There are a great range of titles and new eBooks which are being added to the collection all the time, including bestsellers by James Patterson, Lee Child, Stephen Fry, Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, John Grisham and Bill Bryson. The collection also includes titles across a range of popular genres including biography, travel, computing and crafts.

Anyone with a computer, laptop or a compatible portable device such as an eReader, smartphone or tablet can choose from a growing collection of over 3,000 eBooks available across all five local authorities in the LibrariesWest consortium area.

Library members can choose titles they wish to read for up to 21 days each by visiting All titles can be borrowed and reserved for free, and loans automatically expire so there are no overdue charges to worry about.

As a result of user feedback we have increased the loan entitlement to five eBooks at a time and have added links to over 42,000 eBooks freely available from Project Gutenberg where you can find various titles by classic authors including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.

Martin Burton, South Gloucestershire Council’s Community Cultural Services Manager, said: “South Gloucestershire libraries are always seeking ways to improve the service and meet the changing needs and expectations of users. The eBook service is easy to use and available 24/7 – and best of all it’s free. Library users are now able to download and read eBooks at a time and place to suit them”.

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