Reading in the 21st Century … Everywhere, Any Time


Anyone who has a library card can choose from a wide range of reading possibilities through the Los Alamos County Library System (LACLS).

At the County’s two libraries, Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch library, you’ll find books, movies, books on tape and CD, newspapers and magazines. If your preferred method of reading is on a computer, tablet or phone, LACLS also provides those formats to patrons.

Overdrive is the service the library subscribes to, to allow patrons to have access to the electronic book formats- audiobooks and e-books; Zinio is the service that provides complete magazines online. Both services are accessible 24 hours a day on the library’s website, www.losalamosnm/library. All you need is a library card and a computer or portable device to check out these books, audiobooks and magazines.

Portable electronic devices such as smart phones or tablets may need to install an app. Nearly every major electronic device is supported, including tablets, Android and Apple, as well as Kindle. Once the Overdrive app is installed on portable electronic devices, Overdrive will recognize what type of device it is and offer the books that fit that format. Up to five electronic books or audiobooks may be checked out at one time.

New e-books and audiobooks are added to the library’s online collection every month. New to Overdrive is a feature called “additional titles to recommend.” There are more than 700 audiobooks available electronically, and more than 2,000 e-books. If you’re browsing for books and you find that something you’d like to read electronically is not currently available locally, you can recommend that the library purchase it, from a list of tens of thousands of possibilities.

There are also new magazines added to the Zinio service regularly. National Geographic magazine and Smithsonian, The Economist, GQ, Rolling Stone, Popular Science, Car and Driver, MacWorld and many other popular magazines are available, along with specialty titles such as Aperture, Organic Gardening and Gluten-Free Living. National Geographic is one example of a magazine that is even better in the digital version than in print, because they can make the magazine interactive by embedding video in it.

Library staff can help to take your reading online. Schedule an appointment for individualized help by stopping by the Reference desk or calling 505.662.8253. Bring your device and we’ll help you download titles! If you’d like your appointment for help to be in White Rock, call 505.662.8265. The libraries are open seven days a week.

Library cards are available to all who live or work in Los Alamos.

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