Happy 3rd birthday OverDrive!

There were some crazy people out there that said the e-book would be the death knell of libraries – what they didn’t realise was that e-books would simply be another service we offer our customers. The best thing about our e-book and audiobook service OverDrive is that it is free and accessible off an easy to use platform. If you get stuck, there are screens of help. The quality content covers all fiction and non fiction areas. Like so much else in libraries, we are trying desperately to make you happy and give you what you want.

We started in October 2009 with a collection of only 360 downloadable audiobooks. In August of 2012 this year we have over 1,700 audiobooks and 2,730 e-books. You will be pleased to know we continue to add to this collection at around 100 titles per month to try and match growing demand.

If you haven’t used this service yet do have a look. There is something for everyone from picture books for the squealies to a bit of romance  for the lovelorn to adventure for the armchair traveller!

Access to OverDrive is through the library website and at the Source but it can only be used at home with your library card number and PIN. Explore and enjoy!

Christchurch 1854: Picturing Canterbury


A view of Christchurch from the corner of Armagh and Durham Streets looking north-west across the site of the Normal School, Christchurch [ca. 1854].