Which Connecticut Libraries Have Good Audiobook Collections?
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My library also has a digital download program, where you can download audio books for a certain period of time. I don't think it works well for commuters, however, because the formats are limited, and you are unable to burn them to discs or transfer them to your iPod (some other mobile devices are compatible, however).
I was surprised to find out that my library has a collection of lectures on audio CD. You should ask your library if they have them because I only stumbled upon mine by accident. They had them in an out of the way spot not mixed in with the books or audiobooks.
I hear that New Canaan has a large selection of "The Teaching Company" recordings.
Westport has a fantastic library, with top 10 circulation in the state, they often have brand new books for adults. They have a ton of children's audiobooks (in case anyone else is interested). Their checkout time is 21 days and you can renew online very easily and quickly.
Easton has some lectures, not Teaching Company but well known college professors.
I find it is worth it to take a drive to another library to borrow a lot of books then to renew online when I need to. Going out of town once a month to borrow then to return and take out more is a cost savings compared to buying them! And since through MY library's system we can't interlibrary loan audiobooks I have to drive there.
Also Westport has a video collection that is on par with Blockbuster and has artsy films, documentaries and even instructional videos such as on art techniques. The video borrowing time is 7 days and they can be renewed online.
Westport is open SEVEN days a week and late at night--such a wonderful schedule and a wonderful library!!
BTW, on the downloadable incompability with Ipods -- I bought a cheap 1 Gig MP3 player at Walmart that is compatible with the Overdrive software and used that - it was faster and easier than waiting for loans or driving to other libraries.
Thanks in advance for the info
I'm enjoying the folks at Seymour library as well. The small town friendliness of Bethany meets up with a large collection like that of a Woodbridge.
And speaking of the Valley, even Derby and Derby Neck have fun book and audio collections.
Time to buy a Kindle and open up the wallet, again and again...
(Because I just used it a couple of days ago to track down and order an ILL book. )
I'm psyched. I don't actually use interlibrary loan too much, but I physically travel to where the books are. I live on that site.
So, other libraries let you take books out using the card from the town where you live? Because both times I have gone to other towns to check out books I found on iCONN they made me fill out a card application form, even though they didn't give me a card for their town, before they would give me any books. One librarian was super nice about it, but I knew her. In Simsbury they left me standing at the counter for about 15 minutes during the process, though they were NOT busy. After that I went back to ILLing it.
The link is here: http://libraryconnection.lib.overdrive.com