New Tablet or E-book Reader? “Check Out” the County Library!

If you’re the techie type, you’re already reading books on the new tablet or e-book reader you got over the holidays. But have you tried borrowing e-books from the County Library? Check them out; they’re free!

If you’re not a techie, don’t let your device sit there and get dusty! The County library can teach you how to use it, and then you can borrow any of its thousands of e-books and e-audio books.

The only thing you need besides your reader of choice is a County library card and it, too, is free. There’s no danger of paying late fees either. E-books are automatically returned to the library when they’re due.

The library offers online instructions for 13 different devices including Apple, Kindle and Kindle Fire, Nook, Sony Reader, Android and more. Everything you need to get started is listed on one page on the library’s website.    

There are a number of video tutorials too and even hands-on workshops at different library branches throughout the county.  

Cardiff-By-the-Sea Library

  • Walk-up tech assistance is available, no registration required.

Casa de Oro Library

  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Drop-in e-book and tech assistance, no registration required.

Encinitas Library

  • Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.
  • E-book workshops, register by calling (760) 753-7376.

Julian Library

  • Third Wednesday of the month, 12:30 p.m.
  • E-book workshops, registration requested, but not required. Call (760) 765-0370.

La Mesa Library

  • Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m., Fridays, 1-2 p.m. or by appointment.
  • E-book workshops, register by calling (619) 469-2151.
  • Walk-up assistance offered as traffic permits.

Poway Library

  • E-book assistance available by appointment, register by calling (858) 513-2900.

Ramona Library

  • Special e-book event on Wednesday, Jan. 13. 
  • Staff will be available to assist users one-on-one. Registration is recommended but not required. Call (760) 788-5270.
  • Thursdays, 1-2pm.
  • E-book workshops, no registration necessary.

Rancho San Diego Library

  • Every other Friday at 11 a.m., check the online calendar for specific dates.
  • No registration is required.
  • Walk-up help is available at the reference desk.

Valley Center Library

  • Walk-up help is available at the reference desk.
  • No appointment or registration necessary.

Vista Library

  • Fourth Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. Register by calling (760) 643-5130.
  • Drop in e-book and tech assistance, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., no registration necessary.



Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact