digital media catalog

Everything You Want and Nothing You Don't

better searches graphicImproved Searchability and Content Filtering for HCPL’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog

Now users of Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Catalog can choose to see only the titles they want to see specified by maturity levels. In other words, if you’re a grown up and feel like you are past the Green Eggs and Ham stage in your reading life, you can filter out everything but titles cataloged for adults.

Tech Tutors: Your Cure for the New OverDrive Blues

We tried to warn you, but now that period has passed, and the new OverDrive is here!  Just when you thought you had this whole eBook checkout thing figured out, they go and change the whole appearance and the whole checkout process on you.  As frustrating as the initial process was for some of you, I'm sure this little shakeup has many of you threatening to go back to reading exclusively print books again.

But for those of you who are frustrated and confused who refuse to give up eHope, our eBook superheroes, the Tech Tutors, are here to help reorient you.  Every Saturday in February from 10 am to noon, our Tech Tutors will be on hand for the sole purpose of helping you check eBooks out from our Digital Media Catalog onto your digital device. 

And let me share a little secret with you: if you're interested in this service but unable to make it during that time window, I'm told that at least one of our Tech Tutors can be found lurking around the library at virtually any time that the library is open to the public.  In other words, we can help you figure out eBook checkout any time you step foot into the library.  Just pack up your device and stop by!

eBooks & More @ Your Library!

Adults, join us in the Computer Lab at 1 pm this Wednesday August 1st, to explore the HCPL digitial media catalog. You will also learn how to download eMedia to your iPad, Nook or Kindle. If you have an eReader, please bring it to class with you. If you don't have an eReader, the Galena Park Library eReaders will be available for sharing among class members during the computer class.  Library cards are required for this class. Please call for more information: 713-450-0982

New Downloadable Audiobooks! HCPL adds thousands of eAudiobooks to its collection

Young woman in parkFor a lot of area residents, audiobooks have made their daily commutes, time on the treadmill, weekend yard work, or just lazing by the pool a lot more entertaining, and Smartphones, tablets and mp3 players have made listening to a bestseller or an old favorite unbelievably convenient. So it is no surprise that the popularity of audiobooks has soared in recent years.

Harris County Public Library has always done its best to keep ahead of demand and soon HCPL customers will have an even wider selection of downloadable audiobooks to choose from, including some of today’s hottest titles by authors like Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Alexander McCall Smith and Anne Tyler.

Before you buy that Kindle, Nook or iPad

Planning to take advantage of the great after -Thanksgiving sales?  Free eBooks , eAudios and eVideos are available from the library to go with all these devices.  Yes, I did say “free. ”   Like any other library item, you can borrow these from the library.  They return themselves at the end of your loan period and you NEVER get an overdue fine.

If you are considering purchasing one of these devices (or a similar, less expensive brand) make sure you check out our digital catalog.  To make sure that bargain is a real library bargain check out our list of  compatible & incompatible  devices to be sure your reader or player will work with the library collection.

An Important Change in the HCPL Digital Media Catalog

Due to recently implemented licensing restrictions imposed upon libraries by electronic book providers and the Library’s budgetary issues, access to HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog will be limited to Harris County Public Library card holders only, starting Monday, March 7, 2011.    Digital Media Library customers who are currently using a Montgomery County Memorial Library System library card to check out digital materials will have two options for accessing HCPL’s downloadable content after March 7th:

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