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Library goes high tech

November 30, 2011

Michelle Simmons, left, and Heather Hulinsky, enjoy reading a book through the Broken Bow Library’s new OverDrive program.

Technology has caught up with the Broken Bow Public Library in a big way, giving users even more opportunity to stay up-to-date on their favorite reading material.
“The library is a Nebraska OverDrive Library, and that means our users have instant access to FREE portable books, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” explains Megan Svoboda. “This is a free service where our users can browse and borrow thousands of copies of digital audiobooks and e-Books, right from their home.”
OverDrive is compatible with most e-Readers, digital devices, and computers, including Kindles, iPads, iPods, smart phones, and Nooks. This service was made possible to the Broken Bow Public Library with support from the Nebraska Library Commission.
There are currently more than 90 Nebraska libraries participating in OverDrive. These libraries have formed a consortium and the cost to join and the annual renewal subscription are based upon population served. This money is then pooled together to buy the materials, which help create a greater selection and meet the demands of the users. Just since Oct. l, the Broken Bow Public Library users have borrowed 559 books from OverDrive.
“We would love to see that number increase!” says Svoboda.
Svoboda says it is very easy to get started. The only thing you need is a library card and your library card number. If you don't know your number you may just call or e-mail the library.
After you have your number, go to the Library's website, www.brokenbowlibrary.net. The next step is to download Adobe Digital Editions and authorize an Adobe ID on either your device or your computer.
After you have completed that, you need to download the
OverDrive Media Console app to your device or to your computer.
Finally, you sign in to your account by first clicking on sign in and then finding the Broken Bow Public Library from the drop down menu. Then you enter your library card number.
You may then enjoy browsing the virtual stacks. Once you have found your item, you add it to your cart.
Depending on your device, you put the book either onto your computer then sync it to your device, or put the book right onto your device. Now settle in and enjoy your free digital book.

Some things to remember...
• You may have only four items total on your ‘vittual’ library card at a time.
• Patrons can now choose from 7 , 14 or 21 days for their eBook lending period or 7 and 14 days for Audiobooks.
• In the virtual world your materials return automatically, which means no more overdue library materials. You must also be aware that your books will not be accessible after the due date if you have a WiFi device. No renewals are allowed.
• Please be advised that downloads are not allowed on the library's public access computers.
• The OverDrive site has eHelp if you have any questions. You may also contact Megan at the Broken Bow Library and she will gladly help with any questions.
• The library is considering e-Reader classes after the holidays. Please contact the library if you are interesting in taking a hands-on class.
• E-Readers would make a great gift.

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