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List of New eBooks owned by Brockville Library

(you still have to login to Overdrive)


We currently have 3 Kobo readers available to checkout. The library also has one 'reference' eReader available for demonstration purposes and for in-library use. This in-house Kobo reader is loaded with the New York Times daily newspaper. 

**Please note: You must be 16 or older to sign out a Kobo reader.**

IMPORTANT: The ability to loan eReaders (with ebooks on them) is an issue that involves several stakeholders including Libraries, writers, publishers, ebook retailers, and ereader vendors. While ereading has caught the world by storm, there are many confusing messages about what is or is not permitted of Libraries with their customers. We aim to comply with all legislation and legal restrictions placed on ereader loan programs, while also working actively with stakeholders to ensure access to literature in all its forms as the technology of reading evolves. For that reason we may be required to change aspects of our eReader loans program at any time without notice.

Borrowing Information

  • To find and place an eReader on hold, search for 'KOBO' or "eReader" in our catalogue, and then click 'Place Hold'.   You will be asked to log in with your library card and pin number.
  • 1 eReader per customer with a valid library card
  • loan period is 3 weeks (21 days)
  • 2 renewals permitted providing no one else has placed an ereader on hold
  • $2.00 per day fine for overdue units
  • $200.00 will be assessed for lost or damaged eReaders (all contents of each eReader kit must be returned together). Separate recovery costs for loss or damage to the usb power cord will be $6.00, and for loss or damage to the leather case, $50.00.

PLEASE NOTE: eReaders can only be checked out and returned to the Library via the Circulation Desk, during open hours only. DO NOT return eReaders through the library return slot.

Kobo Titles


While legal restrictions with publishers currently prevent any Library from circulating Kobos with pre-purchased titles from Kobobooks, customers can immediately enjoy any of the 100 classic titles preloaded with each Kobo ereader that include:

  • Pride and Prejudice, By Jane Austen
  • Little Women, By Louisa May Alcott
  • A Tale Of Two Cities, By Charles Dickens
  • War And Peace, By Leo Tolstoy
  • White Fang, By Jack London
  • Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, By Thomas Hardy
  • The Art Of War, By Sun Tzu
  • Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Jane Eyre, By Charlotte Bronte
  • The Last Of The Mohicans, By James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Hound Of The Baskervilles, By Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Crime And Punishment, By Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Ulysses, By James Joyce
  • The Iliad, By Homer
  • Don Quixote, By Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
  • Sense And Sensibility, By Jane Austen
  • Paradise Lost, By John Milton
  • Great Expectations, By Charles Dickens
  • The Prince, By Nicolo Machiavelli
  • Beyond Good And Evil, By Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, By Edward Gibbon
  • The Metamorphosis, By Franz Kafka
  • The Call Of The Wild, By Jack London
  • The Republic, By Plato
  • Of Human Bondage, By W. Somerset Maugham
  • Dubliners, By James Joyce
  • . . . as well as several others!

In addition to the titles above, customers have the added option of downloading titles from the Library's downloadable eBook collection by visiting Overdrive. Just search for 'Epub' format ebooks, check-out and download the titles, and the transfer titles easily to your kobo (See FAQ #4 for more information about this). Also, there are numerous FREE ebook sites that offer Epub format titles compatible with the Kobo.

(FAQ's) Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the ereader work?
    Refer to the quick-start guide enclosed with the ereader you have borrowed. Or, if you still have questions consult the online support available from each ereader site:
  2. How do I find/search for an ereader in your catalogue?
    Go to our catalogue and enter the words 'Kobo' or 'ereader' in the search box and click 'Search'.
  3. Why don't you have other brands of eReaders available?
    The Nook is an American product that is currently not sold directly in Canada. The iPad is an expensive device and we have not yet added this to the collection.  We will look into purchasing Kindles and/or Sony readers if our eReader services proves itself popular.
  4. Can I transfer downloadable books from the library's online ebook catalogue to my borrowed ereader?
    You can visit Overdrive to review ebook titles for download and transfer. In order to transfer downloaded ebooks to your Kobo, you require: Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) installed and 'authorized' on your PC or Mac.

    After you have successfully installed and authorized ADE you will need to 'authorize' the Kobo for use with it. To do this plug your Kobo ereader into your computer, select and click the 'Manage Library' link on your Kobo, and THEN start Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. Follow the prompts to 'authorize' the ereader.
  5. What is the difference between an ebook owned by the library and one owned by the province.
    For you, the user, there is very little difference except you won't have to wait as long for popular titles that we have added to our local collection!  You still need to go to the Overdrive website to search for the titles.  In order to have access to the additional copy you must first sign in with your library card and pin # so that Overdrive knows you are one of our patrons. eBooks we own!
  6. Can I suggest titles to be included on the ereader?
    At this time we are not able to accept suggestions for ereader titles. We hope, that as ereading and our program evolves that we will be able to offer this service in the future.
  7. I have my own ereader but don't know how to use it. Can you help me?
    We'd love to help. We will do our best to resource your questions directly or refer you to specialists. Our training and resources are limited so customers should be aware that we may not be able to offer assistance in every case, but we are committed to trying, so give us a call at 613-342-3936.

Questions or Comments? Please contact us at info@brockvillelibrary.ca

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