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Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Breaks Record With Nearly Two Million Digital Book Releases | Features | Pittsburgh

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There’s no denying the allure of a physical book – that distinct smell of pages, which changes with the age of the title, the sound of a new spine creaking, the satisfying feeling of turning a page. But even the most resilient to digital media can’t ignore the convenience and accessibility of eBooks and audiobooks, especially when you can get them for free at a local library with just the tap of an app. As a new milestone demonstrates, this is certainly being felt by customers of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP).

CLP announced that in 2019, they had a record 1.9 million digital book orders through the digital reading platform, Rakuten OverDrive, and its app, Libby. Launched by CLP in 2005, the digital collection powered by OverDrive gives readers “24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks,” according to a press release.

Hilary Lewis, e-resources coordinator at CLP, explains that the library has seen digital book cases increase every year since the deployment of OverDrive.

“We are very happy to celebrate nearly two million cases in 2019,” said Lewis. “We value our staff who promote our collection and our customers who love to read. ”

CLP is not alone in this achievement, as Rakuten OverDrive reported that in 2019 it was among the top 25 public library systems in the world in terms of total digital circulation, and one of 73 systems that have exceeded one million cases.

Some of the most popular titles borrowed digitally through CLP include Where the crayfish sing by Delia Owens, To become by Michelle Obama, educated by Tara Westover, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, and Small fires everywhere by Celeste Ng. To become, educated, and Where the crayfish sing were also among the most popular audiobooks, with You are a badass by Jen Sincero and The magic of storage that changes life by Marie Kondo.

CLP cardholders can access the digital collection by downloading the OverDrive or Libby app on Android and Apple devices, Chromebooks, e-readers like Kindle and Windows. Like regular books, all titles are subject to payment periods, as well as limited availability (readers can reserve titles on a waiting list and obtain them automatically once they are available).

Unlike regular books, e-books and audiobooks are returned automatically after the payment period is over, meaning there are no late fees (which, to be fair, some CLP branches have them back. have eliminated). Readers can also download titles from Libby for offline use.

CLP cardholders can download the OverDrive or Libby app for free.