The Charles J. Keffer Library will sponsor a discussion, "Reading Books Electronically: NetLibrary and Beyond," at noon Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Room 111, Opus Hall. Bill DeJohn, director of Minitex, the statewide library network, will lead the discussion and answer questions.

Electronic books available at St. Thomas
NetLibrary provides UST students, faculty and staff with access to more than 4,000 titles that can be downloaded to a personal computer. Titles range from nonfiction topics, such as history and business, to classic works and fiction. A majority of the publishers are academic and university presses.

The UST libraries also recently have acquired electronic book devices that allow you to download and search the full text of approximately 10 titles per device. These devices also have other features, such as adjustable font size and back lighting for easier reading. The titles that will be loaded on the readers have yet to be determined.

These new electronic resources are not intended to replace UST book collections, but rather to complement them. The libraries’ staff welcome input from faculty, students and staff about incorporating electronic books into the St. Thomas community.