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Enjoy Free Books, Magazines, Movies, and More From Home with a Burnet County Library Card

Marble Falls Public Library technician Brittany Cavness is ready to assist patrons with an eLibrary account, which allows them access to digital platforms and apps free of charge. The only requirement is a library card. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

MARBLE FALLS — You don’t have to leave your house to check out materials from the library. All you need is internet access, a computer or electronic device, and a library card.

The Burnet County Library System’s eLibrary service features downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, digital magazines, concerts, movies, and even The New York Times — all free. You can even learn a foreign language or log in to the TexShare Databases for a number of resources.

The service is available through the library system’s website, burnetcountylibrary.org, or the websites of your local libraries. Just click on the “eLibrary” (or “eServices”) tab at the top of the home pages for each site. The number on your library card will be needed to open a free account.

Patrons of the Marble Falls Public Library, the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet, the Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library in Bertram, and the Oakalla Public Library can access the electronic material with their card at home, in any of the libraries, and even out of state.

“It’s good to have outreach outside of the library,” Marble Falls Public Library technician Brittany Cavness said. “People are traveling and working. Once they get the library card, they can use the services at home, especially for patrons who are here just in the summer or in the winter. They go outside the state and can use our services.”

The system has many advantages. One of the biggest? No late fees for eBooks and audiobooks because the checked-out items automatically disappear from devices on the due date. Cavness said readers can renew items and place others on hold and those whose devices are connected to their TVs will be able to stream concerts, films, and other checked-out materials.

If you need assistance setting up an eLibrary account, contact your local facility. Cavness said Marble Falls library staff are ready to help. Just make an appointment to ensure someone will be available.

“If you call us or email us, we can sit down with you one on one to get you started,” she said. “We’ll get you downloaded on a device and teach you how to use it. We want to spend one-on-one time and get people the access.”

Once the account is activated, browsing through eLibrary offerings is easy.

Audiobooks and eBooks can be downloaded for enjoyment on the go. Magazines and The New York Times can be read electronically either inside the library or elsewhere using a smart device.

Cavness noted that many of the magazines to which the library subscribes have electronic versions of the current edition and back issues online

Other free eLibrary services include:

AcornTV, which features British TV shows and movies;

IndieFlix, which offers independent films and documentaries sorted by language, genre, and length;

Quello concerts, featuring more than 1,500 artists from a variety of genres as well as festivals and special events such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies;

TexShare Databases with resources for legal information, career development, homework help, hobbies, crafts, home improvement, education, and much more.

• and Transparent Language Online, which features more than 100 languages to learn, alphabet lessons, typing exercises, and more;

Cavness knows not everyone has time to visit the library to check out materials.

“We understand the world has become a busy place,” she said. “We’re trying to make it easier for patrons to have that service offered.”

She said Marble Falls library staff welcome suggestions for other types of services and encourage patrons to communicate with them.

“We’re always looking to improve and add new services,” she said. “We’re always looking for feedback to see what works and what’s not (working). Everything is free. You just have to have a library card.”

To obtain a library card, visit your local library with a photo identification. The first card is free, but there is a fee for replacements.

The Marble Falls Public Library is located at 101 Main St. in Marble Falls. Call (830) 693-3023. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Herman Brown Free Library is located at 100 E. Washington St. in Burnet. Call (512) 715-5228. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Joann Cole Mitte Library is located at 170 N. Gabriel St. in Bertram. Call (512) 355-2113. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Oakalla Public Library is located at 29011 FM 963 in Oakalla. Call (512) 556-9085. Hours of operation are 5:30-8:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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JoAnn Myers —
For genealogists, the TexShare Databases also include Heritage Quest, which contains census records, city directories, mortality schedules, Indian census rolls, slave schedules, Sanborn maps, out of print family history books, Revolutionary War veterans list, Freedman's Bank Records (African-American research), and census map guide. All free and available from home thanks to the Texas State Library.
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