Broward County Library Publishes Its First eBook, "The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay"

The Catalogs of the Bienes Musuem.

Broward County Library's first eBook showcases the catalogs of the Bienes Museum.

DATE: May 12, 2012
Catherine McElrath

This week, Broward County Library published its first  eBook, The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay. The publication honors the work of librarian and curator James A. Findlay, who served as director of the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book from 1995 to 2010. The Bienes Museum houses a rare books and special collections library located at Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Findlay, who passed away in 2010, was responsible for organizing and curating exhibitions from the Bienes Museum’s own collections, which special collections totaling more than 15,000 items, including rare books, artifacts, manuscripts and reference materials.

The new eBook, the first of its kind to be created in-house at Broward County Library, is a survey of the beautiful printed publications Findlay and his staff prepared to accompany Bienes Museum exhibitions. The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay provides an exciting look back at publications that Jim Findlay (1943-2010) wrote, edited or contributed to in some capacity. Jim and his colleagues produced a varied array of exceptional print pieces, at times in collaboration with expert collectors. The original printed versions of the catalogs were funded by the Broward Public Library Foundation.

“The production of Broward County Library eBooks is an important step in the continuation of the library system’s long-term digitization efforts, says Broward County Library Director Robert E. Cannon. “The Broward County Library has extensive rare and highly valued collections and artifacts. This eBook is the first of many which will showcase, through digitization, our special collections that can now be easily and economically shared with all Broward County residents and the world by means of the Internet.”

Customers can now learn more about Broward County Library and its vast array of holdings with a simple download to their e-reader, smart phone or tablet. The Bienes Museum Catalogs of James A. Findlay may be accessed for free by visiting Broward County Library’s online Digital Collections page. It is available in EPUB eBook format for iPad, NOOK, Sony Reader and in Kindle eBook. You can also view the EPUB eBooks on your computer with Adobe Digital Editions.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site,, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.

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