A large collection of downloadable audiobooks is now available through the Fort Frances Public Library, as well as other public libraries across the province.
This project is funded as part of a $15-million investment in public libraries through the Ontario Ministry of Culture.
This collection is powered by OverDrive, Inc., and library card-holders will be able to check out and download digital audiobooks from OverDrive anytime, anywhere, by visiting downloadcentre.library.on.ca
OverDrive’s download service provides direct transfer to iPod, Zune, and virtually all MP3 players, and is a popular service for mobile and connected users.
OverDrive also is accessible to visually-impaired patrons, and is compatible with screen reader programs (such as JAWS for Windows and Window-Eyes).
Provincial funding for this project will cover start-up costs and maintenance fees for two years, and an initial audiobook collection valued at roughly $300,000.
Patrons may browse the growing collection of best-selling and classic titles from the comfort of their own home.
To check out these titles, users will need a valid library card, personal computer, and Internet connection.
Patrons also will need to install free software, like the OverDrive Media Console for use on a Windows operating system or Mac, in order to access the titles.
Alternatively, you may visit your local library and use their download station.
Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or transferred to a supported device, like an MP3 player.
Many audio titles also can be burned to CD to enjoy in the car.
At the end of the seven- or 14-day lending period, titles automatically will expire and are returned to the collection.
There are never late fees or damaged items.
“We are very excited about this new service,” said SOLS CEO Laurey Gillies.
“The Ministry of Culture’s $15-million investment was intended to help bridge the digital divide,” she noted. “Making downloadable audiobooks available to all Ontarians is an important step towards this goal.”
Margaret Sedgwick, chief librarian of the Fort Frances Public Library, said local residents can locate the link to OverDrive on the library’s website at www.fort-frances.com/library
To book an appointment for assistance in accessing the collection, call the library at 274-9879.