The Alhambra Public Library Foundation donated $10,000 to the Alhambra Civic Center Library to support its new e-book collection, World Journal (世界日報) reports. The public will have access to the latest e-books through their smart phones, ipads, and e-readers as soon as September.
Library Director Carmen Hernandez said that $6,000 will go to purchasing books while the other $4,000 will be used for building software systems and training. Hernandez estimates that the library will buy 300 to 500 e-books using the fund, most of which will be popular novels, children’s books, and reference books for Alhambra Unified students.
Many libraries in L.A. County have already introduced e-books, but readers usually have to wait to download popular titles. The Alhambra Public Library will not share its e-book resource with the other public libraries in the county, a move that officials say will greatly shorten readers’ waiting time.