An unusual new library at a Houston-area school district allows teachers and students to access hundreds of titles from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Aldine Independent School District's electronic book (eBook) library opened its virtual "doors" for lending at the close of the 2000-2001 school year, and school officials say the level of use has grown as more titles have been added to the collection.

Aldine's eBook library currently consists of 375 titles—both fiction and nonfiction—published in electronic format.

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