New Resources for Accessing OverDrive Materials

OverDrive and Libby iconsThe exciting new partnership between SELCO and Rochester Public Library allows patrons to access digital materials from each of the 2 separate collections. SELCO patrons can learn more about how to access eBooks from RPL’s collection in these very brief videos on SELCOtv. Instructions for using Libby are located here, and using OverDrive from the SELCO Online Catalog are here

For detailed instructions on downloading, installing, and using Libby to access the digital collections, see this handy brochure produced by Rochester Public Library and edited for SELCO patrons.

SELCO & Rochester Public Library Announce New Digital Sharing Agreement

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) and Rochester Public Library (RPL) are teaming up to offer more digital titles to southeast Minnesota residents.

Under the OverDrive RLA (Reciprocal Lending Agreement), library cardholders have greater access to eBooks and audiobooks, in each organization’s OverDrive digital collection. The agreement allows the regional library system and the Rochester library to offer digital books similarly to the way the two organizations share physical materials.

“Our patrons have been requesting this type of service for years,” explains RPL’s Head of Readers Services, Kim Edson. “The lending option wasn’t available previously, but it’s been something we’ve investigated with SELCO over the years.”

The RLA agreement was approved in late spring by the governing boards of both RPL and SELCO, and the two organizations launched the new service at the end of June.

“We wanted to work out any potential issues before formally announcing the agreement,” says SELCO Executive Director Krista Ross, adding, “However, the OverDrive platform is intuitive enough that we already have users engaging with this new service.”

The popularity of Libby, a digital reading app, has, in part, led to an increase in circulation for digital titles. At RPL, the circulation of digital materials increased 8.5% in 2017 with over 550,000 digital downloads from OverDrive and other digital services. At SELCO, users accessed 175,000 titles in 2017, an increase of 4.6% over the previous calendar year.

“We continue to see our digital collection being more popular,” says Edson, adding, “We hope that by giving all residents in the SELCO region the ability to access both collections, we will help meet the demand and maximize the use of our respective collections.”

For more information about the expanded services, patrons can visit each organization’s website: SELCO at  or

SELCO and Rochester Public Library Survey OverDrive Users

SELCO and Rochester Public Library (RPL) are partnering to survey patrons that have used OverDrive. The first survey, which launched yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, gathers baseline data on use of the platform. A second brief survey will be sent as a follow up in approximately one month; we will post further information on that survey before it goes out. Patrons who have used OverDrive were sent the survey via email. 
We are pleased to report that we have had almost 450 responses as of 8:15 am this morning (Friday).
In planning this survey, we did not anticipate requiring  any action from Online Libraries. We have since learned, however, that the design of the survey has caused some unexpected issues. You may receive calls today from patrons wanting to know if this survey is legit. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes your staff and patrons. 
Several of you have offered suggestions for improving the survey. Thank you! We will incorporate.those suggestions, and any others we might receive, into the second survey.

OverDrive Big Library Read

The next Big Library Read from OverDrive will be April 2-16, featuring the title Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha. It will be available in both ebook and audiobook format for unlimited simultaneous downloads during the run of the program.
Big Library Read Marketing Materials
If you plan to participate in the upcoming program, be sure to take advantage of all the available FREE assets to help make BLR an even bigger success for your library, including flyers, press releases, images, posters, social media graphics and more. It’s a great way to get your patrons excited.
Be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #biglibraryread. And your readers have have a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE when they use #biglibraryread on social media. Visit for the official rules.
Flat Broke with Two Goats
Jennifer McGaha and her husband foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.

OverDrive Reading History

OverDrive has implemented a History page to the ebook catalog. This page automatically displays titles a user has borrowed (beginning now), and they have the option to manually add titles previously read (through OverDrive or other sources).

How the History Page Works:

  • Each time a title is borrowed, it is added to the user’s history. At launch, a user will see an empty history until they borrow a title, or manually add it.
  • Titles can be manually added through the context menu (…) or from the title details page. For example, users can add titles they read before the start of the history, or titles read from other sources (print, purchased, etc.).

  • Users can remove individual titles from the History page through the context menu (…) or on the title details page.

  • A user can choose to hide their history from the Settings page. If the user opts to display their history again at a later date, they will only see titles added from that point forward.
  • This has been a highly-requested feature from users over the years. OverDrive knows that some users have been tracking their read titles via ratings, so the history includes an option to import their rated titles list. If a rated title is already on the history, it will not be added again.

Meet Libby – The New OverDrive App

Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive, is now available for your new users to download and enjoy.

As previewed in May, Libby is now being promoted on the OverDrive digital catalog, and OverDrive invites you to spread the word about Libby to your community. Visit their Resource Center for all your Libby needs, including a marketing kit, staff training, answers to FAQs, and more.

Stay tuned for more information later this year about what’s next for Libby! If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Jurns at

Big Library Read: The Other Einstein

The Big Library Read for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is now live and will run until June 26, 2017.

Don’t forget to visit the Big Library Read website for all of the great bonus material, including:

Big Library Read – Art of the Pie

The next Big Library Read is now live! The current title is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. It will be available from unlimited simultaneous downloads from the OverDrive catalog until March 30, 2017.

Bonus Material


OverDrive Website Updates (February 2017)

OverDrive has made the following changes to the OverDrive catalog:

  • OverDrive will keep a user signed in for longer, eliminating the need for them to sign in each time they visit the digital library. A user will be authenticated in the background when they attempt to borrower, place a hold, or recommend a title.
  • OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen have been removed within the OverDrive App to simplify the format selection step and allow a user to begin reading and listening more quickly. Exceptions include titles that are only available in the OverDrive Read or OverDrive listen formats, including Read-Alongs–those titles will continue to be available via the app.
  • The Choose a format drop-down on the Loans page has been changed to Download to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.
  • When an eBook or audiobook is borrowed from the title details page, the button now displays Download and the format name, instead of Add to app, to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Next Big Library Read: Art of the Pie

The Big Library Read (BLR) is back and the winning title for the next session is:

Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. This is the only pie cookbook you need.

Any way you slice it, your patrons are going to love it!

Art of the Pie will be available for unlimited access between March 16-30 on the OverDrive catalog.

Get the word out to your patrons

OverDrive also has a variety of FREE assets to help you MLR an even bigger success for your library, including flyers, press releases, images, posters, and more. It’s a great way to get the word out to your patrons and get them existed.