Oak Park Public Library announced today it is offering more digital titles to its cardholders through eRead Illinois, a collaborative initiative expanding ebook and audiobook services throughout the state. Downloaded titles can be read on smartphones, tablets, ereaders, Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, and computers.
“Year over year, we continue to record higher use and demand for digital materials,” said Oak Park Public Library Executive Director David J. Seleb. “In 2014, we recorded a nearly 41 percent year-over-year increase in the number of digital downloads, which includes ebooks, audiobooks, music and movies. Based on its low holds ratio, eRead Illinois will provide our cardholders with faster access to many popular titles,” Seleb added.
Working similarly to Oak Park’s already popular Media on Demand service, eRead Illinois offers cardholders the ability to log in and borrow items three ways: through their SWAN library accounts, through a dedicated eRead Illinois website portal and via free, dedicated apps: Axis 360 for ebooks, Axis 360 for audiobooks, and Blio, the market’s only ADA-compliant app offering text-to-speech technology and compatibility with leading screen-reader technologies such as JAWS. All three apps are currently available on Google Play and Apple iTunes.
For Oak Park borrowers, eRead Illinois items will follow lending guidelines similar to ones used with other digital titles. The maximum checkout period is 21 days, up to five titles can be borrowed at a time, all titles may be returned early, and items may be renewed as long as no other cardholder has a hold on that title.
As one of the 380 Illinois libraries in the eRead Illinois consortium, Oak Park is also supporting a wider cause, bringing increased access to smaller libraries and to regions in Illinois that were previously unable to provide ebooks to their customers.
About eRead Illinois
eRead Illinois was created from a Secretary of State and Illinois State Library grant intended to expand, not replace, existing ebook services in Illinois libraries. Learn more about the grant and its goals at ereadillinois.com.
About Oak Park Public Library
Founded as a public library in 1903, the Oak Park Public Library engages with the community and enhances the quality of life by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, by creating spaces and opportunities to connect, and by fostering a love of reading and a commitment to literacy. To learn more, visit oppl.org.