Morenci's Stair Public Library part of Overdrive service 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

The value of Morenci’s Stair Public Library took a big leap today—a leap into the digital era.

Today, Stair joined 18 other libraries in the Woodlands Library Cooperative with participation in the OverDrive digital download service.

For years patrons have been able to borrow a variety of materials from other libraries in the state. Through OverDrive, readers will have instant access to hundreds of available audio books and eBooks.

The titles offered are limited as the program gets underway in the Woodlands Cooperative, but new books will be added frequently.

In order to read or listen, patrons must first download free software. Each title chosen lists the compatible computers and portable devices, such as mp3 players or iPods. Some titles may be burned to a CD to play at home or in the car.

To browse the available titles, go to www.stairlib.org and click on the Woodlands Downloadable Library link at the right.

When a title is placed in a patron’s electronic “bookbag,” it will remain there for up to 30 minutes until it is checked out. After 30 minutes, it’s made available for other patrons. The loan period varies by title and lending information is listed with each book.

Late fees are never charged for borrowed material. When the loan period ends, a title will expire and be “returned” to the library.

Books can be placed on a patron’s waiting list if already checked out by another library user.

Books are listed by audiobook (fiction and nonfiction), eBook (fiction and nonfiction), teen titles and kids titles. Each division is subdivided into general categories.

Another option—Featured Titles—lists newly released books, iPod compatible books, the most popular titles, Titles Worth a Look, and more.

Patrons need their library card number in order to access the digital material.

The Woodlands link provides a guided tour of OverDrive and also lists details on the borrowing process.

OverDrive was established in 1986 and is known as a leader in the field of digital content management.

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