e-READER Lending Service


Welcome to our e-Reader lending service. This pilot program was developed to explore how Kindle and NookColor can be used effectively as an alternate tool to build up the library's ebook collection and to explore how new technologies can enhance reading and learning.

  1.   You must have an email address on file in order to place holds because you will be notified by email when your item is available. If you do not have an email address listed on your library record, please call the library at 508-799-1655 and ask the librarian to add your email address to your account before you place a request for an e-reader.
  2. Read through the below information and the WPL E-Reader and Hotspot Agreement first.
  3. Go to library catalog to search for the device of your choice and to place a hold.

Use keywords such as Kindle Worcester, NookColor Worcester, Kindletouch YA or Kindletouch Kids to search for the appropriate e-reader. Scroll down a bit and click on Click here to request - Worcester patrons only and then proceed with your request. The e-readers are available for pick up at the main library only and cannot be sent out on loan to other libraries.

When you come to the Library to check the e-reader out, you (and if you are ages 0 to 17 your parent or legal guardian) will be asked to complete the WPL E-Reader and Hotspot Agreement, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost or damaged equipment. The patron or patron’s guardian will be asked to show a current photo ID to validate against patron record.

We have three different options for you to read an ebook:

Option 1: Borrow our device to download a library ebook
• If you would like to use our Kindle Paperwhite (for all ages) and select your own title from OverDrive, see a librarian at the Welcome Desk.

Option 2: Devices with preloaded titles
We have e-readers available for adults (ages 18 and older), teens (ages 13 to 17) and children (ages 0 to 12).

NookColor for Adults
Kindle Keyboard for Adults (text to speech feature included)
Children's Kindle (text to speech feature included)
Teen's Kindle (text to speech feature included)

Option 3: Use your device to borrow ebooks from OverDrive
eBooks and Digital Media

Who can borrow an e-reader?
Any Worcester public library card holder in good standing (i.e. library account is not blocked due to unpaid fees or lost materials) with at least a three month borrowing history can check out an e-reader. The check-out limit is one e-reader per household at any time. The library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who abuses equipment or is repeatedly late in returning e-readers.

Are the library's e-readers pre-loaded with some ebooks?
Yes. We have e-readers available for adults (ages 18 and older), teens (ages 13 to 17) and children (ages 0 to 12). Browse titles on the library's Kindle, NookColor, Teen's Kindle and Children's Kindle.

Where do I return the e-reader when I am done?

The e-reader cannot be put in the bookdrops. The e-reader must be returned to the checkout desk. A designated staff person will do a visual check to ensure that the device and accessories are returned in good condition. Please have sufficient battery charge on the device when returning it so the device can be checked in properly.

How long can I keep the e-reader?
You can keep it for 14 days.

Can I renew my e-reader?
No. You are not allowed to renew at this time.

May I add an item from my personal Amazon Kindle or B&N account to the Library’s eReader?
No. You may not  add your own materials to the library’s e-reader.

What are late return fines?
Fines are $5 a day, beginning on the second day overdue.

What happens if I lose it?
The cardholder or cardholder’s guardian will be charged for any reader or accessory not returned to the Reference Desk or returned damaged:

Replacement Costs: NookColor
Nook device $250
Charger/adapter $25
Case $40
Total: $315

Replacement Costs: Kindle
Kindle device $140
Booklet $2
Case $30
Total: $172


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