McDermott Library Offers Users On-Demand Options with New Audiobooks

Need a book but can’t get to the Library? Not a problem. Eugene McDermott Library is simplifying the process by adding more than 100 downloadable audiobooks to its collection. The titles are available anytime, as long as you have an internet connection and an electronic device such as a laptop or MP3 player.

Popular books such as A Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are available. To access these and other best sellers, users have to download the Overdrive app to their smart phone or electronic device. Once the download process is started, Overdrive, the distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other media, can determine which format works best for your device. MP3 players can also be used but require a computer or laptop to transfer files to the MP3 device.

“We thought students might like something that’s more on the go and on-demand. They don’t have to wait until the library is open. They don’t even have to come in to get these books,” said Davin Pate, head of Acquisitions and Electronic Resources. “They can quickly download a title and listen to it while they’re at home or traveling.”

Users can download the Overdrive Media App from the library’s website. Much like borrowing a book, the checkout period for audiobooks is 21 days. Users are limited to a maximum of five titles out at a time and can place a maximum of five holds at a time on Overdrive materials.

All audiobooks are available in MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) formats. Audiobooks downloaded using the MP3 format can be returned early. Audiobooks downloaded using the WMA format cannot be returned before the end of the 21 day lending period.

All Overdrive content is free for students, staff and faculty. There are no late fees.

Pate says he expects to double the number of audiobooks at McDermott Library by this time next year.

“It really depends on demand and popularity,” Pate said. “The more popular they are, the more likely we are to continue adding to the collection. We want students to know they don’t have to go to the public library or a store to get popular titles. They can come to us.”