The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading! While they have offered eBooks and digital audiobooks to the community through their partnership with OverDrive for several years, they know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to thousands of free digital titles.
Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If they hit 134,150 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for their OverDrive collection.
“We would love to expand our digital collection with new materials and cut down on hold times by buying more copies of our most popular titles,” said Sue Mayshock, audiovisual specialist at the Brown Library. “Audiobooks are rising in popularity. With the increase in usage of services like Audible, we want to let people know that we have digital audiobooks available to borrow at no cost.”
The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines, Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, and The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers.
The Brown Library also offers a dedicated space for younger readers, with a variety of juvenile and young adult titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.
Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://eBranch2go.overdrive.com or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com
The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.
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.