OverDrive has announced that its “inside the library” ebook, audiobook, music and video sampling and checkout terminal, OverDrive Media Station, is now broadly available. Launched as a pilot program earlier this year with 50 public library systems in five countries, the in-library ebook kiosks enable readers to browse ebooks, audiobooks and other media on a touchscreen monitor in libraries or any location where libraries want to introduce readers to their ebook catalog.
OverDrive Media Station enables libraries to showcase to in-library patrons their entire OverDrive digital catalog, including ebooks, audiobooks, music and video. Experienced or new users can browse, search and sample any of the media they find with the swipe of a finger. Patrons can instantly (without cables or pre-installed apps) send a link to any title from OverDrive Media Station to their favorite device for checkout using a QR code, email or text message (SMS).
King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington, one of the largest public libraries in the nation, installed OverDrive Media Station recently at the re-opening of their updated Federal Way 320th Library branch.
“The OverDrive Media Station has been really well received by our patrons. It’s rarely unoccupied,” said Jennifer Simon Halai, Librarian, Virtual Library Services at KCLS. “During the day, adults are the dominant users, but after school and in the evenings, it’s the kids and teens who are engaging with it, usually with a smartphone or tablet in hand.”
With an ad campaign running last month alongside the OverDrive Media Station implementation, KCLS has seen an immediate increase in ebook checkouts in the first month. Halai said they have seen a definite rise in engagement with the large touchscreen device as a key feature in the new library
The OverDrive Media Station is now available for all libraries. Contact your Account Representative for more information.
Source: OverDrive, www.overdrive.com