SAINT PAUL (April 26, 2012) — The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service was introduced to the public in an open house event Thursday at the Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library. The library is one of a number of beta sites to offer this system to patrons.
The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, and promises to revolutionize how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. The 3M Cloud Library system uses several components to allow patrons to browse the electronic catalog and read on the device of their choice: 3M Discovery Terminals; 3M eReaders; and Mobile device compatibility.
“Saint Paul is proud to be one of the first library sites to provide this service,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “The fact that the system allows eReaders to be checked out along with digital content is a great way to ensure eReading is available to all. For people who have their own eReading devices, the 3M Cloud Library gives them access to thousands of titles. This system has something for all Saint Paul library patrons.”
The Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library is in close proximity to 3M’s campus, making it an ideal “living lab” for new technologies from 3M Library Systems.
“3M has been an outstanding partner to us, and we are proud to work with them to serve as a leader for other libraries across the country,” said Kit Hadley, director of the Saint Paul Public Library. “With this technology, we are able to offer cutting-edge technology to all our patrons, whether they own their own e-reader or not.”
Along with the Saint Paul Public Library, a number of other libraries across the country have now made the 3M Cloud Library available to patrons, including the Bergen County Cooperative Library System, N.J.; Maricopa County Library District, Ariz.; Douglas County Libraries, Colo.; Darien Library, Conn.; Richland County Public Library, S.C.; and the State Library of Kansas on behalf of the Kansas Digital Library Consortium. 3M will seek feedback from both patrons and staff at these locations on the service’s ease of use and functionality, using their input to continue to refine the system.
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
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