OverDrive Community Reserve Lets Libraries Add Free Download Media

Jun 11, 2007

OverDrive Community Reserve is a shared collection of locally-produced digital content available to thousands of libraries worldwide who are part of the OverDrive network. The new Web 2.0 program allows public libraries to publish and share for free digital video, audio books, eBooks, and music with other libraries. Libraries with permissions to digital book, audio, or video content can upload titles for download lending to their local patrons, and can also share the materials with library users worldwide.

Digital Media titles available in the Community Reserve catalog include videos: 106 “Expanded Books” videos featuring author interviews and commentary on award-winning titles including “Phantom” by Terry Goodkind, “The Planets” by Dava Sobel and “You: The Owner’s Manual” by Mehmet Oz and Michael F. Roizen; “Ku soo dhawoow maktabadaada,” submitted by Rochester Public Library, which introduces Somali immigrants to the library; and “Student Voices: Teen Suicide," submitted by Denver Public Library. Produced by MetroBeat TV, a cooperative presentation of Comcast and the Denver Metro area Channel 8 stations, which examines the serious and disturbing issue of teen suicides. The catalog also features ebooks, including: “Clyde Arbuckle’s History of San Jose,” submitted by San Jose Public Library; “Federal Art in Cleveland 1933-1943,” submitted by Cleveland Public Library; and “Greetings from Tucson: A Postcard History of the Old Pueblo,” submitted by Pima County Public Library (AZ).