As the public turns more to e-readers, Glendale and Pasadena are poised to be among the few library systems in the nation to try out a new cloud-based technology for lending out ebooks.
The cloud library — developed by 3M — will be tested by just 10 library systems in the nation, with the shared Glendale-Pasadena lending network the only one in California to be part of the program.
Unlike Glendale and Pasadena’s current digital reading platform, OverDrive, the ebooks on the 3M platform will be stored in a “cloud,” or an off-site data center. Patrons will access an Internet connection to download a book from the cloud, which is stored on their reading device for two weeks.
After the two-week period, the title automatically returns to the cloud — no more drop-offs or late fees, or library clerks refiling returned volumes, for the matter.
When libraries began applying to be part of the cloud test last year, Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders said she “started nagging people.”