Kirkland Public Library is participating in the eRead Illinois Program, designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) have partnered with the Illinois State Library and Baker & Taylor to provide this access through Axis 360. eRead Illinois is a two-year statewide program designed to increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. The Kirkland Public Library Board of Trustees has signed on to access eRead Illinois on a one-year trial period. At the end of the 2015 calendar year, the cost of the program will be evaluated based on our patrons’ use of the system and feedback from our patrons.
Axis 360 is a digital media platform providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital e-books from the eRead Illinois shared collection for Illinois libraries. Patrons at libraries participating in eRead Illinois will use the cloud-based delivery across a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK® and Sony ReaderTM devices, and many more.
If you are interested in signing up for this program, please let us know. Stop in the library, send us an email (email@example.com) or leave us a phone message including your name and a phone number we can reach you at. If you are sending an email, please put eRead Illinois patron access in the subject line.
You must have a valid Kirkland Public Library card to use the service (no fines or overdue materials, no outstanding items, not expired). All residents who reside within the Village of Kirkland boundaries are eligible for a free library card. This service is also available to our patrons who have purchased a rural patron card from us.
Once you are registered, you’ll stop in the library to get your number and basic instructions on how to connect to the collections. When you have connected your device, you will check out your ebooks from home. The library staff will give you complete information as well as a link to videos about eRead Illinois, however, our staff will not download the apps to your device. We have been informed that compatible devices are: eReaders, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Compatible with Kindle Fire tablets — Not compatible with Kindle eInk eReaders.
Please note: Although the e-book service is offered through Kirkland Public Library, it is a separate service and we do not have access to see the titles you request through this service.