With library buildings being closed or having restricted hours, many readers are turning to digital collections. To meet this increasing demand for ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, the Yavapai Library Network is now partnering with five Arizona libraries and networks to offer 75,000 unique digital books to choose from, including titles in a broad range of subjects. To learn more about this new service, please enjoy this column written by Andrea Lhotka, Reference Librarian at Sedona Public Library.
Thanks to a new feature from OverDrive, libraries across the state can offer their available (not checked out or on hold) digital titles to patrons from other parts of the state through a reciprocal lending agreement. Sedona Public Library cardholders can now borrow OverDrive titles from five partnering Arizona libraries and networks: Tempe Public Library, Yuma County Library District, Cochise County Library District, the Little Libraries That Could Consortium, and the Southwest Valley Library Consortium.
You can check out your digital books using a web browser or with the Libby or OverDrive app on a mobile device. Checkouts at one partner library do not impact limits at another partner library. There may be other lending guidelines determined by the partner library.
Browsing a partner library’s digital collection is easy. From a web browser or the OverDrive app, simply select a library from the partner library list and sign in using your card number. From the Libby app, select Add a Library, search for and select one of our partnering libraries, and then sign in. If you need help, contact the reference desk at 928-282-7714, ext. 114.
By taking advantage of our expanded digital collection, you might find an available title that you’re on hold for in Yavapai County. For example, I searched for “Where the Crawdads Sing” and found an available copy from the Yuma County Library District. By checking it out, I can avoid waiting in line for a copy from the Yavapai Library Network. Note that only titles that are not checked out will be visible in our partner libraries’ OverDrive collections, and you will not be able to place holds on digital materials from outside Yavapai County. Check our partner libraries’ collections often for newly available titles.
OverDrive ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from the Library are free, and you can access them 24/7 from the comfort of your home. If you’re new to OverDrive and need help getting started, contact the Library or visit our website at www.sedonalibrary.org.
Sedona Public Library in the Village is at Suite 51 A in Bell Rock Plaza. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You have the option of returning materials from the Yavapai Library Network to the book drop box available at the Village location. Please return materials inside if the library is open.
If you have questions or need assistance, call 928-284-1603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting library services in the Village of Oak Creek.
Village News appears monthly in The Villager and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
By Cheryl Yeatts
Cheryl Yeatts is Manager of Sedona Public Library in the Village.