Library system makes audio books, e-books easier to enjoy
Washington County library patron will now be able to access all their digital library resources from one convenient provider.
Last month, Washington County Cooperative Library Services switched from the state's Library2Go system to an independent collection called OverDrive.
WCCLS has been using both Library2Go and Cloud Library for ebooks and audiobooks, but with an expanding demand for digital materials, WCCLS officials decided to switch to a single source that provides more books and shorter waiting times.
OverDrive has access to more than 35,000 titles, including 7,755 audiobooks and 27,488 ebooks. Readers can browse almost any genre, explore a collection of graphic novels and comics that includes the popular "Walking Dead" series, and even find recipe books or books on auto mechanics and gardening.
WCCLS officials plan to expand their digital collection and decrease wait times for their most popular materials. With OverDrive they will also be able to add digital titles in multiple languages, have kid-friendly ebook resources and streamline digital library access by putting everything in one place.
County residents will still need to visit the library to get a library card in order to use the digital resources. Once armed with a library card, users have instant access not only to digital books but to paper books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, cultural passes to local attractions and more.
Digital resources can be used from any computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access. Users can go to wccls.com or the OverDrive app.