The Riley Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Meridian-Lauderdale County Library in order to add to its current collection of e-books.
Library director Steve McCartney says officials will start making purchases next week, which should triple the library's e-book supply he says.
"For the Riley Foundation to step up and consider the library, as you say during these economic times, is Manna from Heaven," McCartney says. "It's worked out well for us because the initial response to our e-books has been strong."
McCartney says the biggest difference in using e-books is obviously the convenience factor. Readers with a library card can simply go online, enter their information and access an e-book for a period of time. When that time is up, the book simply is no longer available, meaning no late fees.
"As you know, books are more expensive today than they were yesterday," he points out. "And you know, we're getting to the point now with the digital age that people are much more interested in what they can read on a digital reader than they are necessarily in a leather binding."
McCartney also says officials have been working to weed out old material in the library to get rid of items that are outdated.
To be clear, this news has no impact on the way readers will go about checking out hard copies at the library.
You can access the e-library by visiting www.meridian.lib.ms.us.