Frequently Asked Questions

What library content can be accessed using e-readers?

NCSU E-Book Reader Lending Program
The NCSU Libraries offers Amazon Kindle and Sony eBook readers for check out to NCSU students, faculty, and staff. Each holds a library of over 100 pre-loaded titles in their memory. The loan period is one week with one renewal. Overdue charges accrue at the rate of $10.00 per day.

Can you read NCSU Libraries e-books and e-journal articles on your own e-reader?
Our e-book and e-journal collections consist primarily of scholarly content, and are optimized for reading on computer screens. For the most part, this content can be downloaded in PDF format. PDFs can be read on most devices including both Kindles and Nooks, BUT, the resulting PDF will be an image, not text, and not optimized for e-readers. You will need to do the best you can to adjust the size of the PDF in your e-book reader so that you can read it.
Video instructions for saving an Ebrary book chapter as an image PDF

What options are available for BORROWING popular books for your own e-reader?
If you want to borrow popular titles to use on an e-book reader that you own, a good option is to take advantage of the Download Library program offered through the Wake County Public Library System. Those e-books "disappear" at the end of the loan period. The public library offers downloads for Kindles, Nooks and other e-reading devices. To use this service, you must have a compatible e-reader and a Wake County library card.

If you have an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes & Noble Nook, new websites such as Kindle Lending Club (now, LendInk , Lendle , and eBookFling , help facilitate members sharing purchased e-books with each other.

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