Two Places to Find Ebooks & Digital Audiobooks
There are now two places to find ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, Overdrive and CloudLibrary. Overdrive is where you'll find the most recent, most popular ebooks, including all of our books for Kindle readers (Kindle Fires can access ebooks and audiobooks in both places). However, there are also plenty of ebooks in CloudLibrary, actually more than in Overdrive, but generally not recent best-sellers. If you're looking for older titles from your favorite author they'll most likely be found in CloudLibrary.
Most audiobooks are in CloudLibrary, including recent best-sellers, though at this time we plan to keep a small collection in Overdrive.
The limits in CloudLibrary and Overdrive are the same: 14-day checkout, 6 checkouts at one time, 6 holds and 5 purchase suggestions per month. Please note, if you want to be notified by email when a CloudLibrary hold becomes available, you will need to go into your CloudLibrary settings and turn on email notifications. After you log in on a computer click on "Settings," and on the app click on "Account," then "Notifications." You'll need to turn that setting on and enter your email address. When a hold becomes available in CloudLibrary you'll have 3 days to check it out. If you haven't checked it out after 3 days the item becomes available to the next person.
How are they different?
In Overdrive we have access only to content we've purchased. In CloudLibrary, in addition to content we've purchased, we have access to ebooks and audiobooks owned by other libraries in the state, as long as they're not currently checked out by users from the owning library. Because priority is given to the owning library, when an item is checked out by someone from the owning library you won't be able to find it in a search. That's why some titles will seem to disappear from time to time.
For more information about ebooks please see the FAQs page.