The OK Virtual Library announced last week they achieved a record-breaking 1 million digital book checkouts in 2019, a milestone for this library consortium consisting of Duncan and other local libraries in Oklahoma.
This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways libraries have served their communities with digital services. The OK Virtual Library is one of 73 systems around the world – including stand-alone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and its award-winning app Libby (complete list here).
“We are so excited to join the ranks of larger library systems with our number of digital checkouts.”’ Said Jan Cole, Director of the Duncan Public Library. “It is a great service that benefits thousands of Oklahomans every year.”
OK Virtual libraries have been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year, reflecting popular trends and interests both locally and across the country. In 2019, the highest-circulating title across both formats OK Virtual readers borrowed through OverDrive was “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.
Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card.
Readers in Duncan, OK just need a valid library card to access digital books from the OK Virtual Library’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps (US only). All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.
Visit https://okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.