E-books are big. You’ve probably heard about them in the news, seen them advertised on TV and online, even read about them already in this newsletter. Our new collection of e-books through OverDrive, the CCFLS eStacks, are not the only way Meadville Public Library provides you with electronic information, however. The Reference collection has been moving toward e-books for a while now. In fact, some of the first e-books available at MPL were in the Reference collection. Through the Electronic Resources page ( http://meadvillelibrary.org/resources/electronic-resources), you can access a number of databases but also many e-books. Some publishers allow online access to the e-book version when we buy the print book. For example, Magill’s Medical Guide is a six-volume set covering a wide range of medical issues. Salem Press also has a Masterplots series if you are looking for overviews of literary works. A new addition, Ancestry and Ethnicity in America, is available both in print and electronically.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is our largest reference e-book collection with topics ranging from biography to business, education to environment, history to religion. Some of the books are only available online while others duplicate our print collection.
We also have a number of test-prep e-books available through the county system in the Learning Express Library. This database allows you to take practice tests, as well. Lastly, eBooks on EBSCOhost offers a selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.
So, the next time you’re in need of a little knowledge, check out our Electronic Resources page.