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25 June 2012

Cork City Libraries quietly made their new OverDrive service available to library users on Bloomsday.

Cork City Libraries quietly made their new OverDrive service available to library users on Bloomsday.

Overdrive makes its debut in Cork City Library on Bloomsday. Having spent the past few months creating an opening collection of 500 eBooks and 100 eAudiobooks, customising the website and testing links to the library system, Cork City Libraries opened access to their latest electronic offering.

Having spent the past few months creating an opening collection of 500 eBooks and 100 eAudiobooks, customising the website and testing links to the library system, Cork City Libraries opened access to their latest electronic offering on Bloomsday – 16 June 2012.

Fourteen titles (10 eBooks and 4 eAudiobooks) were downloaded over the launch weekend. By the end of the first week’s service an additional 40 titles had been issued.

“This was a promising start for a service not widely advertised yet”, said Cork City Librarian Liam Ronayne. “It demonstrates that there is an appetite for these enhanced services and we are delighted to be showing leadership in this area. It is a great boost to the service to be able to offer such a valuable addition to our range of services in these difficult times, and it is a credit to everyone involved.”

To celebrate the launch of the service the library held a slogan competition for three Sony Readers. Three winners were selected from 107 entries.  The accompanying photograph shows one winner, 77-year-old Miss Eileen Skillington, who uses the library’s Housebound service and is looking forward to having the freedom to choose from a wider selection of titles than can be delivered physically, and not being confined to books printed in large font.



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