Category: Library News
Created: Monday, 20 June 2016 13:52
Effective July 1, 2016, The Hayner Public Library District and other Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) libraries will no longer offer the Overdrive eBook platform. The Overdrive eBook and eAudiobook collection will migrate to the Cloud Library, which will become our exclusive eBook platform.
Over the years, Hayner Library patrons have had access to both the Overdrive platform and the Cloud Library platform. Overdrive was available to patrons first; it was the eBook platform that was used by patrons when The Hayner Public Library District belonged to the now-defunct Lewis & Clark Library System (LCLS). Cloud Library was created after LCLS merged with other Illinois library systems to form the current Illinois Heartland Library System. For years many libraries offered their patrons access to both eBook platforms. Circumstances have now changed, and we are able to consolidate both collections into one—all with considerable savings! These savings can now be used for other titles and services.
Cloud Library currently has approximately 30,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available for patron check-out. The entire Overdrive collection (with few exceptions) will be migrated to Cloud Library, making it even larger. Nearly every title you were able to check out in Overdrive will be available in Cloud Library. One added benefit to Cloud Library is that Cloud Library titles can be searched for using the library’s card catalog; holds can be placed for these materials via the library’s card catalog as well!
Access to any Overdrive materials checked out to, or requested by, patrons will no longer be available after June 30, 2016. Patrons will have to check out and place holds for these items via Cloud Library. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note that the migration will result in a few weeks’ delay before the titles formerly available through Overdrive appear in the Cloud Library.
Cloud Library works on any eReader device that uses apps, including: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones, Android devices, Nook tablets, Nook eReader, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, Kobo eReader, Windows/Mac OS X. If you are a Kindle user, please be advised that the Kindle Fire works with the Cloud Library, but basic Kindles do not. You may have another device, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer that you can use to access the Cloud Library.
It’s very easy to sign up for and use the Cloud Library—in fact, many patrons already do! For more information on signing up for and using Cloud Library, visit www.haynerlibrary.org and click on Download Audio and eBooks or Help With Your eReader. Be sure to check out the library newsletter or the Events Calendar on our website for the dates and times of our next eBook class.