Kindle eBook loans in Dallas

Having more than one library card is useful for eBook reading because libraries have different holdings.  You may need to search a few beforeyou find one that has the book you want.  There is an overarching Overdrive search by zipcode so you can check many libraries, but it tends to get blown out by Dallas Public Library branch results.    It would be more useful if you could suppress results from any given system.

{B.N.  also remember that Project Gutenberg has 40,000+ public domain ebooks  which you can download in Kindle-friendly .mobi format.  If you are good at proofreading you can volunteer in the production of PG books via the Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders project.   It’s fun and useful to the human community.}

Recommended for Kindle checkouts

  1. Allen public library – 4 items on APL Overdrive, 7-14d checkout.  Free library card to residents who are “able to provide proof of Texas residency”.  Minimal website, though their Overdrive site has some items I haven’t been able to find in other free libraries.  The physical library is very nice and the librarians helpful and bookish, just like I like’em.  (Updated 2/21/2013).
  2. Garland public library, unfortunately named the Nicholson Memorial Library System – 10 items on GPL Overdrive.  7/21-day checkout.  Cards available to “residents of Garland and surrounding communities.”  There are branches but they have odd hours so I recommend the (interesting) main branch. {entry updated 11/5/2012}
  3. Northeast Texas Digital Consortium libraries.   I think these will have the same checkout policies:  5 items on NTDC Overdrive. 7/14-day checkout.  This consortium was the 5th-fastest growing eLender in the United States in 2012.
    1. Mesquite Public Library –  Library cards available to “any Texas resident” (!). {entry last updated 11/14/2012}
    2. Farmers Branch public library.   Free library cards available to “Farmers Branch residents and to residents of cities that do not charge Farmers Branch residents for use of their libraries or whose libraries participate in the TexShare card program.”    This rules out “Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Ennis, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Highland Park, McKinney and Plano.”
    3. Rowlett public library.  Free library cards for Texas residents.  {added 01/20/2013}
  4. Plano public library – 5  items on PPL Overdrive.  7/14/21-day checkouts.  Library cards available for free to residents of “[Plano,] Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Richardson, The Colony, and Wylie”    Frisco cannot use Overdrive.  Note:  there appears to be little benefit to  the online card registration since you have to do the same paperwork.   The library is not created in advance regardless what the website says.  {entry updated  11/1/2012}
  1. Richardson Public Library –   3 items on RPL Overdrive.  7/14/21-day checkout.  Library cards available to residents of “Dallas, Collin or Rockwall Counties or in some communities in Denton and Kaufman Counties,” noting that residents of Dallas and Highland Park have to pay a fee equal to that their own city would charge Richardson residents.  {entry corrected  11/16/2012}

Recommended only for local residents

  1. Arlington public library – 6 items on APL Overdrive, 7/14/21d checkout.  Free cards with eBooks for residents of Arlington, Pantego, Mansfield and “faculty at Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, or UTA, or work for the City of Arlington”.  Others can pay $25 for access to physical materials and eBooks.  (added 02/24/2013).
  2. Frisco public library – 7 items on FPL Overdrive.  eBook lending is restricted to Frisco residents.  Frisco does have a  reciprocal agreement with Allen, McKinney, Plano or The Colony but this does not include eBooks even if you pay the $50/yr non-resident fee.
  3. Dallas public library – charges a fee for non-residents but has an excellent selection on Overdrive. The $250 non-resident card doesn’t get you Overdrive.  😦
  4. Rockwall county library, a member of the Northeast Texas Digital Consoritum – [5?] items on  NTDC Overdrive.  Only available to Rockwall county residents; $30/yr for non-residents.    {added 01/20/2013}
  5. Irving Public Library – [unknown number of items from] IPL Overdrive.  Charges $40/yr for nonresidents, but this does include Overdrive.

Untested but promising

  1. The Colony Public Library, a member of the North Texas Regional Library System.  3 items on NTRLS Overdrive. The library card page does not specify who can get a card.

Not recommended for Kindle checkouts

  1. Highland Park library – charges a $200 fee for non-residents.  They don’t appear to have any ebook lending setup.
  2. Lewisville public library – does not appear to have eLending.
  3. EBSCO (nee NetLibrary) – Theoretically you can download eBooks (youtube), but I haven’t had much luck with it.  It appears to be Nook/Sony-centric via the Adobe Digital Editions reader.
  4. Carrollton public library – Library cards free for “all Texas residents,”  but ebooks are in non-Kindle friendly formats from axis360.
  5. Addison Public Library.  Oops, Addison has no library. {added 01/20/2013}

Please chime in with comments if you have other recommendations or tips.

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3 responses to “Kindle eBook loans in Dallas

  1. These libraries also offer cards to Texas residents at no charge:
    Hurst Public Library – North Texas Libraries on the Go
    Houston Public Library (can get a card by mail) – Houston Area Digital Media Catalog
    Austin Public Library – Austin Library
    Bee Cave Public Library – Central Texas Digital Consortium
    Victoria Public Library – South Texas Digital Libraries
    Ellis Memorial Library (Port Aransas) – South Texas Digital Libraries
    Bell-Whittington Public Library (Portland) – South Texas Digital Libraries

    Related reading:
    http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries
    http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2011/09/22/library-ebooks-for-non-residents-where-to-get-ebooks-if-your-library-is-lacking/#comment-21942

  2. Grand Prairie has an eCard open to all Texas residents and you can apply for it online: https://www.gptx.org/city-government/city-departments/library/library-card-application

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