Traditional Chinese eBooks Now Available at Local Libraries

SCCLD Adds HyRead to Foreign Language Online eResources

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. –Sept. 20, 2017 – Following the recent success of Odilo, Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) new Spanish eBook online resource, SCCLD has added Traditional Chinese eBooks through HyRead. Much like Odilo, HyRead provides free access to Traditional Chinese language eBooks, multimedia enhanced eBooks and eMagazines. Content from more than 600 publishers popular in Taiwan and Hong Kong is now easily accessed through the SCCLD libraries.
“We’re very excited to have this opportunity to expand our offering of quality international resources throughout the Santa Clara County Library District. We look forward to not only meeting the needs and interests of our Chinese community, but also providing these materials to anyone with an interest in learning traditional Chinese language,” stated Emily Lo, Mayor of Saratoga.  
HyRead eBooks offer a wide range of titles for adults, teens and children. Easy to access, the new digital content may be downloaded and viewed from any device including an iPhone or iPad, Android and Windows-based phones and tablets, Chromebooks, PC and Mac computers. EBook titles may be checked out for a three-week period and eMagazines for seven days. They will automatically expire once the time frame has passed, thus eliminating potential late fees. Content from HyRead can be downloaded and accessed for free at, opens a new window with a SCCLD library card.  
Chinese Americans remain the largest population (23%) of Asian Americans in the United States. They were among the first to immigrate to the U.S. during the California gold rush, and according to a 2012 Pew Research Center Asian-American Survey, Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing groups in America. The 2012 U.S. Census listed the San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan statistical area among the top three metropolitan areas in the nation with the largest Chinese-American populations (629,243 people). 
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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.
In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items. 

Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
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