Thanks to a grant provided by the Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library, TBBS users now have access to eRead Illinois, a digital collection of electronic books (eBooks). eRead Illinois features new releases and popular titles in adult, young adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction that may not be available in our regular collection—including some in Spanish. Although not compatible with the NLS digital player, these books can be downloaded to a patron’s own Apple or Android mobile device, Kindle Fire tablet, Nook, or Windows computer.
Every stage of eRead Illinois—finding books, checking them out, and reading them—is designed to be accessible for everyone, including those with visual disabilities. Text tools on eBooks allow the user to highlight words and adjust the font size and color scheme and might include text-to-speech or studio narration. The digital media and delivery software platforms are fully ADA-compliant and were developed in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind to work with the leading screen-reader technologies and refreshable braille displays.
Please call or email us for more information or to get your Library Card ID.
If you check out a book in Blio
format, you will need to install and log in to the Blio reader to your computer or device in order to read it. If you check out a book in PDF or ePub
format, you will need Adobe Digital Editions, the Axis Reader mobile app, or another program that reads these formats. All of these programs are free and can be downloaded from the App Zone.
The following instructions will help you check out and read books on your specific device. We are happy to provide them in other formats as needed.
Please contact us if you have any questions or would like assistance.