WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – 2017 was another landmark year in digital reading, as 40,000 library and school partners circulated a quarter-of-a-billion eBooks and audiobooks through their OverDrive-powered collections. The more than 225 million borrowed titles represent a 14% growth in checkouts from 2016, which was also a record-setting year.

Readers from every corner of the world continue to love the anytime, anywhere access of digital books, as a record number of libraries surpassed 1 million checkouts as well, representing multiple countries and continents.

The most popular eBooks borrowed from libraries in 2017:

  • The Whistler by John Grisham
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Night School by Lee Child

The most popular audiobooks borrowed from libraries in 2017:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Whistler by John Grisham
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Night School by Lee Child

Patrons can now access OverDrive through Lycoming County Library System by using the mobile app “Libby.” Library customers may use Libby in place of, or in addition to, the OverDrive app. Patrons may also use the OverDrive app exclusively, if they wish. Any e-books and audiobooks that you borrow through the OverDrive app or the library’s website will show up in Libby.

Libby can be installed from the Apple App Store or Google Play as a free app. It is compatible with iOS 9 or higher and Andoid 4.4 or higher.

Benefits of using Libby include:

  • Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library.
  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
  • If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it.
  • All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.
  • Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices.
  • Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete.
  • Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio.

A link to get the free Libby app is available at https://ebranch2go.overdrive.com/.

If you have questions about using OverDrive or Libby, contact Sue Mayshock, the audiovisual specialist at the James V. Brown Library, by calling 570-326-0536. One-on-one appointments to work with your device are available.

This is one of the many ways the library supports the PA Forward Initiative through providing information literacy opportunities for learning. When Pennsylvania residents know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.