In March 2008, after months of planning, the Nebraska Library Commission,
in conjunction with 25 Nebraska libraries (referred to collectively as the
Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group), launched a shared
collection of digital audiobooks through the OverDrive/Digital
Library Reserve system. The intent of this Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group
is to make the OverDrive
service affordable to libraries that might not otherwise be able to afford it,
through cost-sharing between members and financial support from the Nebraska
Library Commission. Starting in FY2014, the Nebraska Legislature approved
state aid funds for the Nebraska eReads program, providing support for the
purchase of additional downloadable materials by Nebraska libraries.
OverDrive Digital Library Reserve is a
web-based digital media platform that enables library patrons to download
popular digital audiobooks and eBooks from a customized library website. eBooks
and audiobooks can be checked out and downloaded to all major computers,
tablets, and smartphones, and are automatically returned to the
collection when the checkout time expires. The library does not need to
purchase any additional equipment to provide this remote service to patrons.
participating in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group currently have access to a
shared and growing collection of digital downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.
Access is provided through a customized
Libraries Website created by OverDrive.
To learn more, see:
Note: Due to restrictions
related to digital rights management, OverDrive audiobooks and eBooks are
not intended to be downloaded to library computers. Patrons using
reading/listening devices that require them to initially download content to
a computer should identify a non-library computer (e.g. at home, at work or
at a friend or family-member's house) that they can use for this step in the
process . Please call Susan or Devra if you have questions about this
OverDrive works with many common integrated library systems (e.g., SIRSI,
DYNIX, III, CARL, Polaris, Apollo, etc.) to authenticate patrons to download digital
content from OverDrive. Libraries with these systems will provide
information to OverDrive that OverDrive will then use to set up authentication
for the libraries'
The Nebraska Library Commission has agreed to host remote authentication
on behalf of libraries running smaller systems like Follett, which won't
directly with OverDrive. This will eliminate the
need for these libraries to purchase and set up their own proxy servers.
Annual Participation Fee:
Each library participating in the group pays an annual participation fee
that goes toward purchasing OverDrive content.
22015/2016 Annual Participation Fee for NEW Participants
Participation fees for NEW participants joining AT THE BEGINNING of the
2015/2016 term will be calculated using the following formula:
$0.13 per population served (using
legal service area population), with a minimum cost of $500. (This
means that libraries with a legal service area population of 3,846
or less will pay the minimum participation fee of $500.)
2015/2016 Annual Participation Fee
for RENEWING Participants - Participation fees for libraries
that paid a Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group participation fee for the
2014/2015 year will be calculated using the following formula:
population served (using legal service area population), with a minimum cost of $500.
(This means that libraries with a legal service area population of
5,000 or less will pay the minimum participation fee of $500.) These libraries have the option of contributing additional funds.
Annual Maintenance Fee:
The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to pay the $12,000 annual
New members must be Nebraska public libraries,
legally-established under Nebraska State Statutes, Chapters 51 or 16, serving
populations of less than 50,000.
Note: If you are an academic or K-12 school library that is interested in
OverDrive, please see new services designed specifically for your markets:
OverDrive College Download Library and
School Download Library. For more information on these products
contact Joe Dickinson, OverDrive Sales Specialist, at 216-573-6886 x216 or email
Group Participation Term:
October 1 through September 30.
Libraries may join mid-term; however, participation fees will not be prorated for libraries joining mid-term.
August 15, 2015 for access
beginning in October 2015.
To Place an Order:
Susan Knisely to request an Overdrive Participation Form
and an OverDrive Purchase Agreement. These two documents must
be printed out, signed, and returned to: Susan Knisely, Nebraska
Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. If
you prefer you may fax these documents to Susan Knisely at 402-471-2083.
Please feel free to email
Susan Knisely if you are interested
in participating in this group and have additional questions.
Trials are not available but you can view
recorded training sessions through the OverDrive
Participating libraries will be required to sign an
Overdrive Participation Form.
OverDrive Corporate Website