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Moravian College Reeves Library Expands Collection of Electronic Books

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College’s Reeves Library has added a second collection of electronic books called “ebrary” to its resources. This new addition will add 6,400 new titles to the existing 4,600 “netLibrary” collection for a combined total of 11,000 electronic books.

“With the coming of the Internet and the explosion of electronically available information, students have had to learn new techniques for finding information,” said Rita Berk, Library Director. “E-books are just one more option to the growing number of ways that students can do research and access information.”

“NetLibrary” was first added to the library database last fall after a physically handicapped student, with limited use of her arms and legs, needed a way to do research from her computer. The library obtained a trial version of netLibrary which the student found very useful. The library then approached the Business Office for the necessary funds to purchase netLibrary. Money was approved to be spent out of an account set aside for services to students who need extra support. The same account was used to purchase ebrary. However, the library will pick up any future costs.

There are many benefits to having this electronic system,” said Berk. “Both ebrary and netLibrary can be accessed 24 hours a day from any computer on the campus network. And once users have established an account, they can access both databases from off campus as well. Electronic books can be keyword searched throughout their entire text thereby making information within the books more accessible. Finally, both collections are “academic” in nature and will add new sources of information to our collection.”

For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 610-861-1543.