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3M, Polaris Partner for E-Book Integration

The Polaris Integrated Library System will add 3M's Cloud Library eBook Lending Service to provide a single portal for checking out both traditional books and e-books.

The move will give users at participating libraries the ability to browse the 3M Cloud Library in addition to the library's existing catalogue.

Other features of the integration include:

  • One account profile for both physical and e-book transactions, where patrons can receive notifications and status updates;
  • A single interface to create circulation reports, and manage and buy e-books for libraries;
  • Access to 3M eReaders to view e-books without purchasing their own device; and
  • Downloadable apps for iOS, Android, and PC platforms that will allow users to bookmark texts across devices, browse the collection, and check out books.

The 3M Cloud Library service has been deployed to 10 beta sites in the United States, and is slated to be installed at 30 more library systems in April. Patrons at participating libraries will have access to 100,000-plus books from more than 40 publishers, including Random House and Harper Collins.

As part of a subscription agreement with 3M, libraries will be able to transfer media licenses to another platform if they decide to switch.

To access the system, library patrons need to download one of the apps, select their library, and type in their library card number. They will then receive a cloud-based account.

For more information, visit polarislibrary.com or solutions.3m.com. The companies will also highlight the collaboration March 13-17 at the Public Library Association 2012 Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

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