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Subject: SQUEE! I have 2 libraries available to me now
Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:00 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2006
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So I was messing around online one day and saw that there was a library system that would gladly sell you a non-resident digital library card for $35, but the card had to be applied for in person.(This is why I'm leaving it unnamed. It will just tease you.) Turns out we have relatives that live there and I sent my niece a check and the app and all that and she had no problems applying on my behalf, although they did require her to put her name on there as well since I wasn't there in person. Totally on the up and up, but now I have access to 2 digital libraries and while there is some overlapping content, there is a tremendous amount of stand alone content as well.

Yay me, yay Nook, yay libraries!

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:32 PM ET
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Awesome!! My library is great about print books but I'm finding very few ebooks available that I want. There are huge wait lists for everything. So I'm considering the Free Philadelphia Library membership.

Date Posted: 1/15/2011 5:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2005
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Happy for you, Nancy! 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 8:55 AM ET
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That is truly squee-worthy!!! :)

I love my Free Library Philly card but am thinking of birthdaying myself in a few months with a card from Orange County FL.  

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 10:22 AM ET
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I just printed out the application for Philadelphia Free Library last night.  Now that I'm getting so many ebooks free for my dh, I haven't been to the FOL bookstore or thriftstores for weeks.  I know I'd have spent more than $15 in that length of time just on little falling-apart pb's. So that goes into the mail Tuesday.  I hadn't thought of being able to have a relative help get a card from another library system.  I'll have to do some checking; what a great idea!

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 10:25 AM ET
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Yay for you! I have totally gotten my money's worth out of the FLOP fee of $15. I love browsing and finding a title that I mean to read. Usually I have to put a hold on it but occasionally I can download it right then. 

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 11:41 AM ET
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FLP has started to have some hold lines, but I've got 100+ on my to read list from there, and unless it's a series I need to read in order, I just move on to the next on the list that's available. I quit even using the hold feature. Eventually, whichever book is today's hot deal won't have a hold.

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Date Posted: 1/29/2011 5:13 PM ET
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SQUEE!  Got my 3rd local library card today.  All have about 1000 available ebooks, and there is considerable overlap, so instead of 3000 availble books, I'd guess I have access to 1800 to 1900 books via these 3 libraries.  I'm still awaiting my FPL library card and looking forward to it - there are LOTS of items available there not on my local libraries. 

What is facinating to me is the hold lines at different libraries are SO different.  For instance, I want to read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  (My mom HATED it, my dad and brother loved it - so I am hesitant to buy it).  Library ONE has 3 epub copies, and 27 people on the waiting list.  Library TWO has 3 epub copies, 4 on waiting list.  Library THREE has 4 epub copies, and 16 on waiting list.  I asked my mom (Chicago Public Library) and there were 15 epub copies with 74 on the waiting list!