Oklahoma Virtual Library (OKVL) is now working with the Duncan Public Library to offer digital magazines. The e-library magazine collection includes 25 popular titles such as Reader’s Digest, Country Living and HGTV Magazine.
Anyone with a Duncan Public Library card can access the collection by using the Libby or OverDrive app on their smart phone, tablet, e-reader or computer. Content can also be accessed via a web browser without downloading an app, according to Jan Cole, Director of the Duncan Public Library.
“Our offerings have expanded substantially since we started the Oklahoma Virtual Library in 2011,” Cole said. “It’s a fantastic resource for patrons who are busy and have a difficult time making it to the library. Digital titles also do not incur fines, they check back in automatically when they’re due.”
The Duncan Public Library’s digital collection also includes more than 40,000 e-books, 10,000 audiobooks and 600 videos.
The addition of magazines was made possible thanks to a recent grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) made available through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Andrea Kane, OKVL coordinator of Stillwater Public Library, was excited to get the items to Duncan.
“We are so happy that we are able to bring this format back to our digital collection,” Kane said. “Magazines have only been available a short time, but there have already been over 300 checkouts across all libraries belonging to OKVL.”
Patrons interested in trying out the e-library can receive help from librarians to get started, said Cole.
“Librarians at the adult help desk are always happy to assist people and give them guidance for using digital resources,” she said. “Bring your device and stop by for quick set-up help, or schedule a free one-on-one appointment for an hour long tutorial that includes general help using your device.”
According to Cole anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Stephens County is eligible to receive a free library card. People who live out of county can still get a card for a one-time $25 fee. Photo identification and proof of residency must be provided along with a library card application.
The Duncan Public Library is located at 3785 N Highway 81. Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday,; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Get more information about the Duncan Public Library, OKVL and upcoming library events at www.youseemore.com/duncan