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WALNUT RIDGE,AR (KAIT)-Patrons at the Lawrence County Public Library now have the option to use their library card for an online log in to rent e-books and download free music.

"The e-books are new to us," said Library Director Ashley Burris."We're a little late on that wagon as far as libraries go but we're a small library, and their just now becoming more affordable for us."

Burris said they began really looking into the option of e-books after the holidays.

"We had a lot of patrons saying they got e-readers and wanted to know if we offered e-books," she said.

Members have enjoyed the e-books because they don't have wait for others to return it.

"You can download multiple books at once, so there's not a waiting list," said Burris. "If the whole reading group wants to read it at once, they can all download it to their devices at the same time."

They still have several members come in wanting a traditional hard or paperback book, but they'll continue to provide more of whatever is in demand.

"We have a set amount of funds and how we allocate those funds is going to be determined by the demand," said Burris. "If there is less demand for physical books and more for the electronic, than that's the way we're going to go."

Member, Samantha Gomes, is one of those who prefer a book in hand.

"I feel like it's a better experience with a book in your hand," said Gomes. "I think with a book in your hand you're just more engaged in it."

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