Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 3, 2014

Library opens up whole new world

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Pauls Valley’s public library is taking that next big technology step sure to open up a whole new world for local book and music lovers.

Readers are sure to love this one as the Nora Sparks Warren Library is expanding its services by way of the electronic age.

The library is now offering free access to hundreds of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music and video through the shared collection of the Oklahoma Virtual Library powered by Overdrive.

“This is a neat service,” said librarian Tina Hume.

“For people who like to read on a device they will have access to a lot of books I wouldn’t have in the library,” she said.

“It’s like physically checking out a book but it’s online. It’s just like a library but it’s digital. This is all e-book, all electronics.

“You can have access to hundreds of books through the library consortium.”

According to Hume, Overdrive supplies a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices.

They include iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phones and tablets and many eBook readers such as Sony Reader, Barnes and Noble NOOK, Kobo e-reader and Amazon Kindle.

To get started readers must first drop by the local library located on North Willow directly across from the Garvin County Courthouse.

While there readers will receive a card number and password. Users who do not have a current library card will need to fill one out.

The same rules apply for eBooks as readers must live in Garvin County and they will need photo identification.

If the ID does not have a current address, the library will need an official piece of mail, such as a utility bill, credit card statement or voter registration, that does provide an up-to-date address.

Once a reader does receive a card number and password they will be given instructions on downloading the application to their specific phone or tablet.

“When they get their card number and password then they have to download the app to their device,” Hume said.

“They just download in onto their device and they’re ready to go.”

Hume adds most titles are circulated based on a one copy, one user lending model similar to the way physical books are loaned from the library.

She says at the end of the lending period, maybe two weeks, the titles automatically go away and are returned to the collection.

EBooks and MP3 audiobooks can returned early, although there are no late fees.

“It’s all new to us, so be patient with us,” Hume said, adding the service also allows readers to get on waiting lists for specific books.