Cherry Hill, NJ - October 13, 2004) - How does a library continue to provide books to over 70,000 citizens without librarians, administrative staff, or even a building? That's the problem Barbara Shapiro, Director of the Cherry Hill Public Library, encountered as construction of a new 71,000 sq. ft facility began in August.
The resourceful librarian teamed-up with Digital Library Reserve, Inc., the leading provider of library solutions for lending of popular digital materials and OverDrive Inc., a leading digital content vendor, to develop the Cherry Hill eBook Catalog and Download Center, an online website where patrons can browse, check out, and download popular fiction and reference materials.
Ms. Shapiro stated, "I'd heard about OverDrive's success in other markets, such as Las Vegas Public Library and Burlington County Library, and when I gave them a call they were extremely responsive."
The library's digital collection includes bestsellers, classics, fiction, and non-fiction from popular authors and leading publishers such as HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Zondervan, and John Wiley and Sons. Patrons download free reader software and then use their Cherry Hill library cards to check out and download eBooks. At the end of the lending period, the eBooks automatically expire and return to the online collection. eBooks in Adobe PDF format and Mobipocket format are available.
"We're excited to offer this service to our patrons. They can go to the download center, browse the catalog and check out eBooks at their convenience. We hope they find it useful to still be able to enjoy popular materials in their home or office as the construction of our new facility continues this fall," Ms. Shapiro added.
Cherry Hill residents with a valid library card can go to http://cherryhill.lib.overdrive.com/ to browse and check out eBooks.