Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Surpasses Two Million Ebook, Audiobook and Magazine Checkouts

Milestone for digital checkouts achieved through the award-winning Libby app

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – September 5, 2019 – Public libraries, the cornerstones of their communities for hundreds of years, have evolved to accommodate the age of digital connectivity. Today, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) announced that their libraries exceeded a record-breaking two million digital ebook, audiobook and magazine checkouts for the first time. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of libraries to the community.

Digital book lending is a convenient way for readers to discover – or rediscover – their local library’s programs and resources. MVLC has provided their patrons with 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks since 2004 through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide and creator of the award-winning one-tap reading app Libby.

“This is a real milestone for our shared digital collection. All MVLC libraries have contributed their resources, time, and a great deal of expertise building this collection over the last decade,” said Eric C. Graham, Executive Director at Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. “We are so happy that this digital format for books, audiobooks, magazines, and videos is meeting the informational and entertainment needs of the diverse communities that MVLC serves. Usage of this collection has grown by leaps and bounds every year, including a 47% increase in Fiscal Year 2019 checkouts over the previous year.”

MVLC tailors their collection to fit the needs of their diverse community, offering over 26,000 ebooks, audiobooks and magazines including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every genre, ranging from mystery and romance to cookbooks and travel guides, tech and business guides, young adult and children’s titles, and so much more. The library also offers Kids and Magazines eReading Rooms, digital versions of physical Reading Rooms, which provide digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered to fit the Room’s theme, format or age level.

For those who are curious, the two millionth checkout was Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceThis work follows the lives of several African-American women mathematicians working at NASA who were instrumental to the success of the United States space program.

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. Users can also listen to audiobooks, the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry with the convenience of listening on the go. In addition, many libraries offer top-selling magazines that are available with no wait lists or holds. Libby provides an easy way to access eBooks, audiobooks and magazines altogether on one app.

Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To get started enjoying ebooks, audiobooks and more, visit https://mvlc.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today.

About Merrimack Valley Library Consortium The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) is a member-driven and member-governed library network serving 36 public libraries in the greater Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. We support the staff in our member libraries by supplying technology, training, and a policy framework that allows them to better serve their communities.

About Rakuten OverDrive OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com