For Your Reading Pleasure: Ebooks Available from the GHL

Monday, June 1, 2020

During this time when so many of us are under a stay-at-home order, we are looking for things to do.  Libraries are closed, so going to the library to check out books is not an option.  Did you know that the Government & Heritage Library (GHL) provides ebooks that you can safely download from the comfort of your own home? 

New eBooks Section in Online Resources 

The library has always provided access to collections of ebooks, but they were lumped in with our Reference titles on our Online Resources page.  To make the ebooks easier to find, we have created a separate tab for Ebooks & Video where you can locate the collections of ebooks (and one video collection) available for your enjoyment. 

NC LIVE HomeGrown Collection 

An ebook collection of interest to North Carolinians is NC LIVE’s HomeGrown collection.  The HomeGrown collection is a project NC LIVE has been leading for the past several years.  The purpose of the project is to make locally published ebook titles available to North Carolinians from their local libraries.  Libraries from across the state have contributed funds annually to support the purchase of ebooks for the collection. 

Currently, the collection consists of more than 3,700 ebook titles.  It includes titles from North Carolina publishers like Algonquin Books, CrossRoad Press, UNC Press, Duke University Press, McFarland, Press 53, Gryphon House, John F. Blair, and Ingalls.  The collection focuses on North Carolina topics and includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.   

These ebooks are available in perpetuity with unlimited, simultaneous access.  This means no holds, no checkout limits, and no waitlists!  Immediate access for everyone, at any time, forever. 

NC LIVE HomeGrown Collection logo with cover pictures of three ebooks set in one tablet and two phone-size e-readers.National Emergency Library 

Another collection you may want to check out is the National Emergency Library.  The Internet Archive has a lending library of 1.4 million modern books.  Normally, only one person at a time can check out each copy of an ebook in the library.  Others who want to read the book must get on a waitlist.  However, because of the global emergency created by COVID-19 and the closure of schools and universities, the Internet Archive has temporarily suspended the waitlists for these materials.  This means that users can borrow books from the library without having to join a waitlist, ensuring access to the materials in the library, and allowing students to complete assigned readings.  This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 

The books in this collection focus on materials published during the 20th century, the vast majority of which do not have a commercially available ebook.  The National Emergency Library offers digital access to the books, many of which are otherwise unavailable to the public while schools and libraries are closed.  Take advantage of this collection while it is available without waitlists! 

Check Out Our Collections 

The GHL has additional ebook collections available for leisure reading and research.  As mentioned previously, we also have one video collection available.  Take a look at the offerings on our Ebooks & Video page.  And be sure to check out the HomeGrown Collection of North Carolina authors and publishers, as well as the National Emergency Library, available for a limited time without restrictions. 

Irene Patrick, Library & Info Mgmt Systems Librarian