Friday, October 31, 2008

Download Audio Books at Home!

As a patron of the Alliance Public Library, you can use the digital audio book service, OverDrive, absolutely Free!

OverDrive audio books are available online the same way they would be available in the Library, the only difference is that instead of coming into the Library and checking out the book, you download the item directly to your home computer or personal storage device, such as your IPod or MP3 player. You are even able to burn some titles to CD.

To access the virtual catalog, go to

Each title is available to one patron at a time, and the check out period is 7 days. Some of the files even expire on their own after the check out time has passed, depending on what type of device you use. If an book you wish to check out is already spoken for, you can even place a hold on the item, the same as you would in the Library.

To check out titles, you simply set up an account using your Alliance Public Library patron number, which can be found below the barcode on the back of your card, and download the free software to your computer. Don't have your card? No problem. Simply give us a call and we can look the number up for you.

Using the OverDrive service is a great way for you to access Library materials anytime at your convenience. You don't have to worry about a scratched CD or old cassette keeping you from hearing the entire story, and digital audio books are perfect for those long car rides or evening walks. So give OverDrive a try, and if you have any questions or need help, just give us a call at the Library and we'll be glad to help.

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