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October 24, 2019 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, ext. 6152

Equitable eBook Access under Attack!

Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System stands together with the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the American Library Association (ALA) on equitable public access to ebooks. Major publishers have introduced new restrictions that will prohibit libraries from providing multiple copies of new ebook titles to our customers. These policy shifts act as an attack on the very mission of the library.

ALA’s report to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law underscored, “the practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers that threaten Americans’ right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms.” (Source: Report cites abusive pricing, denial and delay of sales to libraries by major publishers)

Please read the ULC Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books and sign the petition from ALA that will put pressure on Macmillan to review its new practices. Visit Proposed Changes to eBook Access on our website for more information. PGCMLS will continue to work on behalf of its customers to bring you the best resources available.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, MANGO Languages, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo.

All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy 3D printing, Minecraft, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and TAG (Teen Action Group), free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at www.pgcmls.info.