Ohio eBook Project

The State Library of Ohio has a really neat eBook project for libraries of all types.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

The Ohio eBook Project is a multi—type library consortium that’s membership includes academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries and special libraries. This project allows Ohio libraries to affordably obtain a digital material collection.

Launched in 2005, this statewide project allows libraries to provide digital books (including eBooks and eAudiobooks), eVideo and eMusic to library customers at a considerable savings.

The State Library of Ohio is contracted with OverDrive, Inc. to make this project a reality. OverDrive is a well-known digital materials provider to libraries throughout the country. The State Library assumed the project’s start-up cost, purchases for the collection, and pays the monthly maintenance fee.

As of May 2008, over 11,834 unique library patrons have enjoyed the Ohio eBook Project holdings. The holdings include 6292 copies of 4395 individual titles of eAudiobooks, eBooks, eVideo, and eMusic.

3 thoughts on “Ohio eBook Project”

  1. Thank you for the post about our Ohio eBook Project! We are holding open enrollment for the Ohio eBook Project until early June. If an Ohio library is interested in joining the Ohio eBook Project or would just like more information about it, please contact me at the State Library of Ohio by June 3, rfelkner@sloma.state.oh.us. – Thank you, Rebecca

  2. Hmmm, good question. I’m not sure if other states offer similar programs through their state libraries or even if there are non-state library sponsored state-wide programs elsewhere. I do know that there are many consortiums in other states that offer a similar type member structure. Some of those consortiums already existed and some formed just to use the OverDrive materials.

    You may be able to get this information from OverDRive by emailing them at info@overdrive.com OR, they do have their members listed on their web site by state, but you’ll need to go through each state which would be time consuming and its usually not clear if a member consortium is state-wide. If you would like to look at the members by state, go to http://www.overdrive.com/partners/libraries.asp and click on “Click here to visit OverDrive’s Digital Media Locator.”

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