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Posted on: January 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Lincoln County Public Library Offers Free Wireless Internet Access

The Lincoln County Public Library is pleased to announce that patrons now have free wireless access at all three libraries.

Lincoln County Public Library Offers Free Wireless Internet Access and a Wide Variety of Digital Resources

LINCOLN COUNTY – January 23, 2014

Lincolnton – The Lincoln County Public Library is pleased to announce that patrons now have free wireless access at all three libraries. The download speed is an average of 30mbps. Wireless access not only provides another way of connecting to the internet but also better enables staff to assist patrons with downloading electronic materials provided through the library.

Over the past four years the library has focused on improving and expanding access to technology. While access to public internet computers has expanded so has the number of electronic resources offered through the Lincoln County Public Library. Residents have access to free downloadable audiobooks, e-books and digital magazines.

More than 25,000 audiobooks and e-books are available through the library’s membership in the North Carolina Digital Library, One-Click Digital and NC LIVE. Books available include fiction, nonfiction, adult, young adult as well as children’s.

The NC Digital Library (NCDL) is made up of 21 public libraries in North Carolina. Through the NCDL Lincoln County Public Library patrons have access to over 20,000 titles including 12,419 e-books, 7,288 audiobooks, 661 Disney online resources, 210 music albums, and 230 videos. Cardholders may check out up to four digital books at a time. The default loan period for audiobooks is 7 days and 14 days for e-books. E-books can be renewed or returned before the loan period has expired. There is never a fine for e-books or audiobooks and they return themselves when the loan period expires.

In addition to the NCDL, the Lincoln County Public Library offers access to 1,945 audiobooks through its One-Click Digital subscription. Cardholders can check out up to 10 audiobooks for 21 days.

NC LIVE is a consortium of the state’s 201 public and academic libraries dedicated to helping North Carolina libraries in their efforts to support education, enhance statewide economic development, and improve the quality of life of their communities. Through North Carolina libraries, NC LIVE offers free access to electronic resources for all ages on topics ranging from business, careers and investing, auto repair, health, history and genealogy. NC LIVE eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, videos, and other materials are available online from any Internet connection via the Lincoln County Public Library website or through
Tumblebooks provides online access to 550 children's titles which include animated talking picture books, books in English, French and Spanish, read-alongs, non-fiction books and National Geographic Videos, as well as lesson plans, quizzes, educational games and puzzles. Accelerated Reading information, grade levels and lexile reading levels are listed for most of the collection.

Through Zinio, the library provides access to more than 120 digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on any Internet-enabled device inside or outside of the library. There is no limit to the number of magazines that may be checked out and downloaded issues don’t go away. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, Newsweek, P.C. World, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Taste of Home, Smithsonian and Weight Watchers are just a few of the popular titles available.

All it takes to access these digital resources is a current library card. Cardholders sign in using a PIN, which is the last four digits of the telephone number submitted when they obtained their library card. From there, let the reading begin!

Whether you own a smart phone, e-reader, tablet or computer the library has a variety of digital resources to meet your reading interests. Library staff are available to provide individual help and instruction to anyone who owns a device.

For more information or access these resources, visit your local Lincoln County library or

To set up an appointment for personalized instruction call 704-736-8798 or email

For more information contact Jennifer Sackett, Library Director at (704) 732-9041

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