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Libraries Investing In Digital Content

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Tonya Adams brings her kids to the library at least once a month.

"I have five children," she said. "I can let the kids just run wild, while I sit down and read a book. I love that, because I can't do that at home."

Tonya prefers a hard copy of whatever she reads.

"There's nothing like a old school book in your hand," Tonya said.

But the times are changing, and libraries are shuffling resources to keep up.

Cedar Rapids Public Library will invest almost half a million dollars in e-books at its new, downtown location.

The library still pays for the books, as if they were on the shelves, and you still check them in and out.

"The issue is -- how are you going to divide that money up? Are you going to put relatively more toward movies and other digital formats, or are you going to put relatively more toward traditional, like kids books, that are in paper? For us, the answer is both, and we try to play both sides, but depending on how tight our budget it is, it gets difficult to figure out which one you're going to do more of," said Bob Pasicznyuk, Cedar Rapids Public Library director.

E-books, on top of the changing landscape of the library itself made up of computer stations and learning rooms, are all signs of changes in consumer expectations.

"Choices are what people want. They want to go to the movies. They want to watch pay-per-view. They want to check out a DVD. They want to have Netflix. It's really choices, so we're playing in the same marketplace," Pasicznyuk said.
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