Christchurch City Libraries has had access to OverDrive for a year now and it is proving to be very popular. For those of you not in the know yet, OverDrive is a free digital media platform which allows library customers to download audiobooks to their personal digital audio device – such as MP3 players like iPods.
By downloading and installing the free OverDrive software, customers can use their library card and PIN to:
- Download fiction and non-fiction titles from home at any time
- Transfer the titles to an iPod or other MP3 player for portable entertainment at the gym, walking or relaxing
- Burn some titles to disc and avoid late fees as they self expire!
More than 700 best-selling and classic titles form our current collection and we aim to have more titles especially in MP3 format to become available in the future – for adults, young adults and children.
We have everything from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Bill Bryson’s Down Under. We also have seventy-five always available titles that are always there to check out. No waiting on holds, just instant satisfaction with titles like Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage and Ten books that screwed up the world. Other popular titles include How To Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less and Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell.
We have not forgotten that kids and young adults like listening to stories. There are classics from Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis and more recent authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Scott and the Lightning Thief’s Rick Riordan. For the Young Adults we have Tamora Pierce and the very popular Another Faust and the Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins.
You can access OverDrive and many other useful databases from home with your library card number and PIN. Unfortunately OverDrive is not available in libraries themselves but listening pleasure is available online to you 24/7. Enjoy!