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Chesterfield County launches digital library

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - No card catalog. No Dewey decimal system. No late fees. You can now download more than 2,000 books at Chesterfield County's digital library.

"They're all downloadable, therefore they're portable. There are no fines. There's no wear and tear. They're always there. So it's 24/7," said Nanci Clary, Chesterfield County Public Libraries.

It's the dawn of the digital age at Chesterfield public libraries.  Instead of pointing to a specific aisle, over the phone employees are navigating customers through the new digital library.

"We have 2100 titles presently. We have classics. We have some of The Everything series. We have some of the dummy series. We have languages," said Clary.

Even children's books, without the pictures, can be found online. Library staff says it's something readers have been waiting for.

"It would be more convenient than toting around a stack of books," said reader Clarence Davis.

 The website for digital library is user friendly and you can download books a number of ways: onto the computer, in an MP3 format, you can even burn a CD. And when making a selection the information on the book pops up, along with other titles you may like.

"But they have an expiration date. And when expire, it's just gone. There's no returning your book to the library any longer," Clary said.

The digital library officially opened for business Thursday. Almost 400 reads have been checked out. Although the staff is ready, there are a couple things that still need to be figured out.

What would be the digital equivalent of a page turner? "That's a good question," said Clary.

In order to download you need a Chesterfield County library card and within the coming months, the county expects to add even more titles.

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