Many libraries offer anytime, anywhere eBooks and audiobooks—but what if a new user discovers your library’s digital collection while the library is closed or they are out of town? Get a Library Card, a new program from OverDrive, makes it possible to sign up for a library card with just a few taps on a smart phone.
Get a Library Card allows first-time users to instantly access a library’s digital collection anytime and anywhere, rather than having to sign up in person for a library card in person. It’s an easy and fast way to a library card: all it takes is entering a name and cell phone number. OverDrive verifies the address using a secure third-party service, and once it’s confirmed that the user lives within the library’s service area, they can use their mobile number as a library card to access the library’s OverDrive digital collection. This is one of many ways that libraries are transforming to make their life-changing resources accessible to more and more members of their communities.
“We live in a mobile digital world now, and the next generation of library users are mobile and digital. They have many options for entertainment and education at their fingertips, and according to Pew Research, up to 50% of Americans do not have a library card,” says Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive. “We need to make it fast and easy for them to borrow a book from the library for the first time. The process of getting a library card should be as easy as it is to access to content through other sources.”
In less than 6 weeks, participating libraries have already welcomed thousands of new users to their libraries with the Get a Library Card program. These libraries include Multnomah County Library (OR), Sacramento Public Library (CA), Kansas City Public Library (MO), San Antonio Public Library (TX), Pioneer Library System (OK), Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (OH), York County Public Library (VA) and Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH). Libraries can contact OverDrive if they’re interested in participating.