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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development

Digital Bookmobile Makes a Stop at the Free Library

Free Library of Mobility showcases e-resources

PHILADELPHIA, October 6, 2009—The Parkway Central Library will host a digital bookmobile on Friday, October 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 20th Street, next to the Library. Readers of all ages are invited to check out the digital downloading services offered by the Free Library of Philadelphia through interactive demonstrations on the 74-foot digital bookmobile, which serves as a high-tech update to the traditional bookmobile.

“In today’s tech-savvy and digitally connected world, we are proud to offer downloadable resources for our on-the-go customers,” said Free Library of Philadelphia President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon. “This visit from the digital bookmobile is a wonderful opportunity for customers to learn more about eFreeLibrary services, which are available through our website.”

Free Library card holders can check out and download digital titles at home and on-the-go by visiting the eFreeLibrary page of the Free Library’s website. From there, they can browse and check out the growing collection of bestsellers, new releases, and classic titles. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transported to a supported mobile device. Many audio titles can also be burned to a CD. With digital downloads, customers do not need to worry about overdue materials or late fees—at the end of the lending period, digital titles automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection.

The digital bookmobile is equipped with broadband internet-connected computers, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore the Free Library’s download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the Library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video.

The digital bookmobile is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To check out and download digital books, music, and more, visit and click on “eFreeLibrary” in the Explore section.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely-used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850