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November 16, 2018
Oxford County first in Canada to launch Pop-Up Library by Baker & Taylor

New initiative makes it easy for anyone to get free eBooks on a mobile device


Oxford County Library is the first in Canada to offer a new digital lending service that is accessible to the public out in the community. It’s called a Pop-Up Library and works like a WiFi hotspot.

Five devices have been installed at participating locations around Oxford County where the public can wirelessly connect and instantly download the hottest new eBooks from the library system. Devices are located at Tillsonburg Community Centre, Tillsonburg Seniors Centre, Norwich Tim Hortons, Ingersoll’s Olde Bakery Café and the Ingersoll Seniors Centre.

When you visit one of these locations, you simply access WiFi on your mobile device, connect to the Pop-Up Library and open your browser to start reading hundreds of best-sellers and new releases on our Axis 360 resources. Anyone within range of the device can access the Pop-Up Library, even if they don’t have a library card. And if you have a library card, you still don’t have to sign in.

And don’t worry if you can’t read the whole book while you are there. Once the eBook has been downloaded at the Pop-Up location, users have seven days before the eBook expires.

The Pop-Up Library, developed by the Baker & Taylor company, currently features the library’s adult fiction digital collection. There are no holds, so if the book is there, you can read it. The Pop-Up Library is a pilot project and will be available at the above locations until the end of January 2019.



Comment

Sarah McDonald, Systems Support Librarian, Oxford County Library

“We are excited to offer our existing Axis 360 service to the community in a new way. Now anyone can download a free library eBook while having a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop. EBooks have become incredibly popular over the last few years and they are always free and easily accessible with an Oxford County Library card.”



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About Oxford County Library

Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. The Library is a charitable organization that accepts online donations through Canada Helps on its website.



About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.



Contact

Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 | dkemp@oxfordcounty.ca


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