Beginning on Monday, May 2, the Pittsylvania County Public Library system will expand its services to include eBooks as well as downloadable audiobooks, music, and video. Patrons of all branches of the Pittsylvania County Public Library system, along with five other area library systems, will be able to download from their library’s website. The new service, which is called OverDrive, allows library card holders to check out and download the digital media anytime.
Users will be able to browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card, and download to their computer or many common mobile devices including iPad®, iPod®, iPhone®, Sony® Reader™, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and those working on the Android or BlackBerry platform. A complete list can be accessed at http://overdrive.com/resources/drc/. Amazon Kindles will soon work with the service as well. Some of the audio titles offered can also be burned to CD. Titles will automatically expire from the device at the end of the lending period.
According to Diane S. Adkins, Director of the Pittsylvania County Public Library system, library users are very interested in downloadable media: “Especially since the beginning of the year, we have been asked repeatedly for this service. We were happy to be able to say that we would soon be providing it. The fact that we are working with five other libraries has made it possible.”
The new service is provided through the Virginia Piedmont Library Consortium. Consortium members include the public libraries of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg and Pittsylvania. The Consortium is sharing in the cost of the service, making it affordable for the member libraries.
For more information, email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org. The service will be available beginning on May 2 to all patrons of Pittsylvania County libraries who have a valid library card in good standing, and a PIN. The library’s website is www.pcplib.org.