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Queens Library Becomes First In NY Public Library System To Lend E-Readers

Queens Library in Astoria (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Queens Library is becoming the first library in the New York public library system to lend e-readers.

Under the pilot program, 50 e-readers preloaded with e-books will be available for check out at the library’s Central Library in Jamaica, starting on Thursday.

The e-readers will have books on one of five themes, according to the Queens Library’s press release. Categories will include children’s literature, young-adult books, mysteries, romances and bestsellers. Each device will also be loaded with 50 works of classic literature.

The Queens Library, the  Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library, which services Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx, already lend e-books to patrons who use their own mobile devices.

The Brooklyn and New York public libraries are also considering lending out e-readers.

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