On November 1, 2019 Macmillan Publishers imposed a restriction that would block people from borrowing new Macmillan e-books from libraries. As a result the Multnomah County Library (MCL) made the decision to no longer purchase new Macmillan e-books.
It was not a decision made lightly and it was one they would have preferred to avoid. However nearly 16,000 Oregonians showed their support for the move by signing the American Library Association’s #eBooksForAll petition.
The MCL will continue to buy Macmillan titles in print and audiobook formats and will retain the Macmillan e-books the library has already purchased (at a cost of nearly $120,000 alone in 2019).