Download books, music with library program

Published 11:26 pm Friday, April 30, 2010

The Demopolis Public Library began a new service on Friday enabling patrons to download audiobooks, eBooks, music, videos and more to their computer or iPod and take advantage of other state-of-the-art features — using just their library card.

The library has joined a consortium called Camellia Net to provide this online service. Several libraries across Alabama are members of this consortium, and its members’ annual fee enables the libraries to share the collection of books, music and other services that Camellia Net offers.

Access to Camellia Net is available through the Demopolis Public Library’s Web site, Once there, click on the icon at the top of the page that says, “Download audiobooks, eBooks, video.”

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Once at the Camellia Net Web site, patrons should sign in with their library card number, then browse for available books or music. Other services the Web site provides are to set the length of the lending period (usually one week or two weeks), a list of titles already checked out by you, books you have requested to be on hold — even a wish list and a list of books you have given a rating to.

Patrons are also able to search the site for a particular title, author or musical artist.

“This new service makes the library open to our patrons 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said library director Morgan Grimes. “All they need is a library card and an Internet connection.

“The Friends of the Demopolis Public Library are responsible for making this dream come true at our library. Friends president Carolyn Cowling has been very supportive and agreed to pay for this service for one year.”

The new service is powered by OverDrive. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks and more, visit the library Web site or the Demopolis Public Library at 211 E. Washington St. in Demopolis.