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Sonoma library launches Spanish eReading Room

The Sonoma County Library has digitized the concept of reading rooms by creating a specialized eReading Room of Spanish-language ebooks and audiobooks. With a library card, Sonoma County residents can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to Spanish language. Readers can find this on sonoma.overdrive.com/library/espanol and on the reading app, Libby.

“We are pleased to provide our patrons a wider variety of digital content through OverDrive and the Libby app,” said Jaime Anderson, Sonoma County Library Collection Services Division Manager in an announcement of the eReading Room. “We’re particularly thrilled to offer a more robust Spanish collection through the Español room.”

The eReading Room concept was inspired by the use of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for Spanish-speaking patrons. Since then, eReading Rooms have expanded to highlight materials with certain themes or formats and for select age levels. Within the Libby app, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections.”

In addition to providing access to Spanish-language materials in Libby, the Sonoma County Library is also streamlining the user experience for a broader range of digital resources, say library officials. The library’s digital collection now offers thousands of eBooks and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages.

Readers may browse Sonoma County Library’s digital collection, borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To explore the library’s eReading rooms of eBooks and audiobooks, visit sonoma.overdrive.com or download Libby from app stores.

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