New digital card program aims to put library books on the screens of thousands

The West University Library had been open for less than an hour Friday afternoon, and already a handful of people had marked their individual territory throughout the first floor. Some used the library's desktop computers. Others perused newspapers and periodicals in the library's reading room.
Some, such as Gregory McCracken, set up a mobile office for the day. The floor-to-ceiling window brought in plenty of natural light for his temporary workstation.
The building can be an ideal environment for many Harris County residents for work or study, but library officials are providing a new option, a digital card, allowing access to thousands of e-books, digital magazines and movies directly onto the user's device of choice.