Pierce County Library-Goers Downloaded 1 Million E-Books in 2017

Love the library but frustrated with a lack of audio and e-books? As those who frequent any Pierce County Library already know, that’s all changed. The Pierce County Library System has adopted OverDrive to help expediently provide digital copies of popular and classic titles in e-book and audiobook form.

In 2017, Pierce County Library System customers downloaded more than 1 million e-books and audiobooks using OverDrive’s app, called Libby.

“With the proliferation of personal devices, e-books and downloadable audiobooks suit the lifestyle of many of our Pierce County residents whether they are checking out titles from the library or on-the-go,” said Tracey Thompson, Pierce County Library System’s collection manager. “In particular, the public’s interest in downloadable audio(books) continues to grow as many people take advantage of the format to enhance their daily commute.”

What makes OverDrive’s Libby so appealing and successful is its user-friendly convenience.

“It’s so simple, we’re getting millions of first-time readers discovering that with a library card and a connection, they have access to every book available, that historically would have required them to get in the car and drive to the branch,” said Overdrive CEO Steve Potash.

OverDrive works with the vast majority of library systems all over the United States. Potash said that library systems in Western Washington were not only early adopters but some of the most successful markets for OverDrive and Libby.

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