Library’s digital system offers rentals on personal devices; no late fees

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Carroll County District Library has expanded it digital services with the introduction of OverDrive Media Station located near the front desk.

OverDrive Media Station is an in-library tool that allows visitors to browse and sample the library’s digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video from an interactive touchscreen monitor. Library patrons can send any title they discover using OverDrive Media Station to their favorite device for checkout using OR code, email or SMS text message.

“We are very excited for our patrons to come in and experience the OverDrive Media Station. It’s very user friendly and easy to learn,” said Ellen Finnicum, library director.

Library new media center
Karah Power (above), a librarian at Carroll County District Library, demonstrates the OverDrive Media Station located near the front desk. Power is showing a selection of books available for download.

In addition to the new in-library OverDrive Media Station, digital titles are available anytime, anywhere by visiting ohioebooks.org. Users may browse the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone(r), iPad(r), Nook(r), Android phones and tablets and Kindle(r). 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.

OverDrive is the leading multi-channel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. Founded in 1986, and based in Cleveland, they supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide.

Finnicum said the media station has been working well for patrons. “With the OverDrive Media Station, we are reaching people who did not realize we lend these items for free,” she continued. “You don’t have to worry about returning them on time. They disappear from your device when the lending period is over. Therefore there are no late fees.”

The OverDrive Media Station has a large selection to choose from, such as children, teens and magazines. Patrons can read a book synopsis or listen to a sample of an audiobook before checking out the item.

The Carroll County District Library is located at 70 2nd St., NE, Carrollton, and can be reached at 330-627-2316. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Visit www.carrolllibrary.org or ohioebooks.org to locate items available for lending.

For more information on OverDrive, visit www.overdrive.com.