2017-10-25 / LifeStyles

Library continues to expand digital offerings; Joins Jasmine Overdrive Consortium

Only weeks after beginning to offer digital service through Hoopla, the Cherokee County Public Library has further expanded its digital offerings by joining the Jasmine Digital Consortium through Overdrive. CCPL has used the Overdrive platform for several years to offer access to downloadable e-books, but has done so utilizing a standalone collection. The library’s move to the Jasmine consortium sees the library join with 18 other libraries around the state to offer an expanded e-book collection.

Previously, the library’s e-book collection through Overdrive offered just over 1,000 titles, all in e-book format. With the move, CCPL patrons now have access to over 28,000 e-book titles and an additional 2,500 e-audiobook titles. All titles in the library’s standalone collection have been shifted to the consortium’s collection.

“We are excited about joining the Jasmine consortium. Because of our relationship with Overdrive, this move was a great way to expand our offerings without losing our current collection or forcing patrons to learn a new system,” said library director Ben Loftis. “E-books can be costly purchases for libraries, so joining a consortium gives us the opportunity to help other libraries expand their collection while we also expand ours. We have seen an increases in digital circulation over the last couple of years, and we believe that offering access to a larger collection will benefit our current digital users as well as add new users.”

Loftis went on to comment that while the library has made several moves in recent weeks to expand the library’s digital offerings, CCPL is still committed to serving those who prefer to use the library’s print collection.

“As excited as we are to increase our digital offerings, we are not doing so at the expense of our print collection,” Loftis said. “In fact, we are planning to make an exciting announcement regarding our print collection very soon.”

Library patrons can access the Jasmine Overdrive consortium through the library’s website at www.cherokecountylibrary.org. A link to the site is available on the website by selecting the “Digital” button on the libraries homepage and selecting the “Go to Overdrive” option on the digital library screen. Patrons who have been using Overdrive through CCPL should see no changes within their account, including all checkouts, holds, and lists remaining untouched. Patrons using the Overdrive app will likely need to change the library they have selected to “South Carolina Lowcountry Consortium” – after deleting the current library, patrons can find the consortium listed under the Cherokee County Library system heading.

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