Adults 50 Years of Age and Older: Check out an E-reader from the Free Library!

By Michelle S. Tue, December 20, 2011

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to be piloting a groundbreaking new program that offers adults 50 years of age and older the opportunity to learn how to use a variety of e-readers, including Kindles, iPads, and NOOKs. Participants can then check out a NOOK e-reader for two weeks and enjoy a variety of pre-loaded ebooks at their leisure!

If you are 50 years of age or older with a valid photo ID, a Free Library card in good standing, and are interested in participating in this excellent opportunity, here’s what you need to know:

  • Novice e-reader users are welcome to complete a special one-hour training session in our Tech Lab, located on the ground floor of Parkway Central Library. E-reader training sessions are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. No appointment is necessary to attend!
  • You can check out a NOOK e-reader from Central Senior Services at Parkway Central Library. Stop by in person Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The NOOK will be pre-loaded with a variety of books for you to enjoy.
  • The borrowing period for an e-reader is two weeks, with no renewals. E-reader late fees are $1.00 per day. If the e-reader is more than 25 days late, it will be considered lost and you will be charged $150 for the full cost of the device.
  • NEW: Select neighborhood libraries will soon be circulating e-readers as well! Currently, you can check out a NOOK e-reader at the Bustleton branch. Keep checking back for  additional participating Free Library locations!

For more information about the Free Library’s e-reader lending program, please call Central Senior Services at 215-686-5331.

The Free Library’s e-reader lending program is made possible with funding from the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Very useful, I'll tell my mother, she was looking for for some books for about a month. She bought some books before from bookstore, but to find a interesting book is a hard work, and she has to go to the store. But now, it's very simple, thanks for sharing.
Louis - New York, NY Mon, December 26, 2011
Dorothy - While we're often quite busy, that's never an excuse to be short with those who call us looking for information. We apologize for the curt manner in which you were treated. Please do call Central Senior Services directly again at 215-686-5331 at your convenience. Or, you can submit your comment along with your contact information using our e-reference form (found here: and someone from the Library will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Wed, January 18, 2012
I just called at 10:20 am on 1/18/12 and the man who answered hung up on me. He said he was too busy to talk to me.
Dorothy Iams - 19151 Wed, January 18, 2012
Seems like a long way to travel for the service; especially for the people who would get the most benefit.
Diane - Philadelphia Thu, January 19, 2012

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