It is possible for people to check out electronic editions of books on the Internet using their library card or joining a free library site like Open Library. Local libraries have online catalogs that include certain titles available for download onto a computer or mobile device.
Depending on the site used, a library patron may need additional software downloaded to the computer in order to access titles. Electronic editions are automatically removed on the return date, eliminating late fines. Patrons can also put titles on hold or make special requests for electronic books. Libraries differ on the programs used to send files, but most will be compatible with mobile devices like tablets.