At Your Library Upgrades improve eBook service

mydigitallibraryBrowsing and checking out eBooks and AudioBooks from the Brantford Public Library just got easier.

OverDrive, the distributor the library uses to provide eBooks and AudioBooks, has updated its website and app to make it easier for customers to find specific eBooks and AudioBooks and discover new titles.

The updates only occurred a few days ago, but library customers are already providing positive feedback.

The first step to taking advantage of the eBook and AudioBook service is to get a library card. Library cards are available to people who pay household or business taxes to the City of Brantford.

Once you have a card and have set up a user pin, you can browse and check out hundreds of eBook and AudioBooks titles by going through the eBooks and Audio tab on the library homepage.

The improved OverDrive website makes it incredibly easy to find eBooks and AudioBooks by title or subject. Users can search by a specific title or author name or book title using the search bar on the top of the screen.

For example, a quick search using the name Stephen King, shows there are 45 titles available.

Users can also search by subject area through the site or App. A search in the Biography and Autobiography section, for example, shows there are 654 titles available.

Once a user finds a title they are interested in, they can read a description of the eBook or AudioBook, add the title to a wish list, place a hold or check the item out.

New titles are always being added to the eBook and AudioBook catalogue, so it’s best to visit the site often. Users can also browse through titles that are “coming soon”. This section allows users to place a hold on an item. An example of titles that soon will be added include James Patterson’s newest book, The Line, the political book Ford Nation and the Whole30 Cookbook.

The library offers services to the public who are new to eBooks and AudioBooks and smart devices in general. On Mondays, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the main branch, library staff host Tech Time, which allows the public to bring their device to the library for instruction. The public can also use the Book a Librarian service for instruction on things like checking out eBooks and AudioBooks, using online databases and general research tips.

Author: Brantford Expositor Team
Twitter: @theexpositor


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