UNION — Patrons of the Union County Carnegie Library will soon be able access digital content online thanks to a grant from the Union Rotary Club.
In a statement released Friday, Union County Carnegie Library Director Ben Loftis announced that the library has used $3,000 from the Rotary Club to expand its services and make eBooks and audiobooks available to the public online. Loftis said that the new service, which is powered by OverDrive, is free to library card holders who, beginning March 5, can enjoy eBooks and audiobooks by visiting http://jasmine.lib.overdrive.com. He said that by using the service, library card holders can borrow popular digital media anytime and anywhere.
Loftis said that users may browse the digital collection online, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle®. He said that eBooks can be read immediately on any device with an Internet browser and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.
In addition, Loftis said people who visit the website can find helpful tools and information, including contacting support, by clicking the help button on the digital collection.
Loftis said that providing its patrons with access to online digital content has been a major goal of the library’s for several years.
“We are very excited to finally be able to offer eBooks and eAudiobooks through the library,” Loftis said. “Digital books are a service patrons have been asking about for years, and we are thrilled to finally be able to make it available. We would especially like to thank the Rotary Club of Union for the grant making it possible to provide eBooks.”
Loftis said that the library will be putting up more information about the new service on its website (unionlibrary.org) as well as a link to the digital collection catalog.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle®. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.overdrive.com
This story was submitted by the Union County Carnegie Library.