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updated: 9/9/2013 7:22 AM

Illinois libraries trying to meet demand for e-books

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FREEPORT, Ill. -- Librarians in northern Illinois say demand for electronic books is high and they're trying to keep up.

Most libraries in northwest Illinois belong to the Online Media of Northern Illinois consortium. The Journal-Standard in Freeport reports that the website helps Illinois libraries provide electronic copies of books.

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The Freeport Public Library pays $3,000 a year to belong to the consortium. Officials with the Freeport library says they have between 600 and 700 electronic checkouts every month.

Officials say the consortium is necessary because it can cost a library as much as $85 for a single electronic copy of a book.

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