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Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Consortium

OverDrive is a popular web-based service that many libraries use to provide their patrons with 24/7 access to custom collections of digital content, such as eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. Patrons typically access this content through a custom website OverDrive creates for the library or via the free Libby app.

Most Nebraska residents have access to OverDrive through their local public library. Lincoln City Libraries and Omaha Public Library have standalone OverDrive collections for their patrons (Omaha's collection also serves patrons of Baright Public Library in Ralston). A majority of the remaining Nebraska public libraries participate in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries consortium, coordinated by the Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska OverDrive Libraries consortium launched its shared collection of digital audiobooks on March 10, 2008, using OverDrive's Digital Library Reserve system. On day one the consortium included 25 member libraries and the collection included just under of 500 digital audiobooks.

From inception to present, the goal of the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries consortium has been to make it technologically and financially feasible for Nebraska public libraries of all sizes and budgets to offer the OverDrive service to their patrons. The consortium has met this goal through a combination of cost-sharing by member libraries and financial support from the Nebraska Library Commission. Starting in FY2014, the consortium budget received an additional boost when the Nebraska Legislature approved state aid funds for the Nebraska eReads program, which supports the purchase of additional downloadable materials by Nebraska libraries. This project has also been funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, in the past through grants to libraries allowing them to join the consortium, and currently through the Federal eReads program, which supports the purchase of additional downloadable materials.

Today the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries consortium boasts 194 member libraries and its collection includes over 21,000 audiobooks, 35,000 eBooks, and 4,000 magazines, all in digital format. Librarians and patrons can view the collection through the custom Nebraska OverDrive Libraries website, and also by downloading and setting up the Libby app.

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