Town Talk: Ebooks at the Library

Town Talk

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Attention, ebook buyers: How would you like to save money and still get some of the newest bestsellers on your device? Your public library has just the deal for you. We provide access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks at no additional cost to you. With a few taps of the screen, you can have a digital library at your fingertips.

New Ulm Public Library subscribes to the OverDrive digital service through Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdS). The TdS consortium of libraries in south-central Minnesota pools its financial resources to provide OverDrive, allowing libraries to maximize their return on taxpayers’ investment.

OverDrive users must live within the nine-county TdS region, and a valid TdS library card is necessary. Stop by the Service Center to complete a library card application form; a photo ID and proof of current residence such as a driver’s license or piece of mail is required.

For smartphone and tablet users, the next step is to go to the free OverDrive app in your device’s app store. Download the app and log in using your library card number.

If you have a black and white ereader or a desktop or laptop computer, go to www.tds.lib.overdrive.com on your computer, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “OverDrive app,” and select your device. Instructions for installing the appropriate software will be displayed.

If you would like help setting up OverDrive, librarians are at your service. Youth Services Librarian Jan Keaveny will have a hands-on workshop Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your smartphone or tablet, and learn how to use the app.

Can’t make that date? Call the Reference staff at 507-359-8335 and make an appointment for a one-on-one session with a librarian. Setting up the service can take up to 45 minutes. Library staff also is available to troubleshoot issues with devices and accounts in person or by phone.

Users can check out up to five OverDrive items for three weeks, and best of all, there are no overdue fees. Users also can place up to five holds. There are more than 8000 titles from which to choose, and we continue to purchase new titles and additional copies of the most popular titles. Keep in mind that when a digital item has a long hold list, you might want to place a hold on a copy of the physical book.

Electronic books and audiobooks are great options if you’re going to the lake, exercising, or taking a road trip. With OverDrive, you can have an entire library in the palm of your hand. Consider taking advantage of this service as you may have more important things to spend your money on!

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