updated 12:10 am EDT, Thu April 26, 2012
More than 40 publishers, 100,000 titles available
Technology company 3M and the St. Paul, Minnesota library held an open house today, demonstrating the new 3M cloud-based library e-book lending service. The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system, complete with pre-loaded and licensed digital content, in-library hardware, and access to apps for borrowing and reading. The complete system was made available to patrons for the first time at today's open house.
Features of 3M's system include terminals in the library to browse accessible content, 3M branded e-readers available for patrons to check out at the library to access the content, and applications for iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, and the Nook to check out content.
Libraries that are utilizing 3M's e-book system incude the St. Paul Public Library, New Jersey's Bergen County cooperative library system, Arizona's Maricopa county library district, Colorado's Douglas county library, Connecticut's Darien Library, and the state library of Kansas. To date, 3M has signed licensing and rental agreements with over 40 publishers and boasts a library in excess of 100,000 titles.