Library provides an “always available” digital collection
The Boyle County Public Library offers an extensive online collection that is always available, which is great news for young adults heading off to college and for any patron unable to visit the library in-person. Thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and more can be accessed at any time through the library’s website.
Patrons only need to have an active library card to set up their online account. Digital library cards, which also provide access to the digital collection, are a great alternative for patrons who don’t already have a traditional library card and who are unable to visit the library in-person to sign up for one.
For those who are unfamiliar with the library’s digital collection and how to access it, here is a look at hoopla and OverDrive, two resources the library utilizes for their emedia collections.
Hoopla is a digital media service where patrons can browse over 700,000 titles in six different formats — audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, movies, and TV shows. Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.
Hoopla items are always available, regardless of if someone else has checked an item out. Hoopla’s expanded collection of movies, TV series, and music makes it a wonderful free resource for entertainment. Borrowing on Hoopla is limited to five checkouts per month through BCPL.
Currently Hoopla Bonus Borrows are back for the month of August. Offered quarterly, Bonus Borrows provide additional titles that can be borrowed without counting toward the monthly borrowing limit. This quarter the bonus collections include: All Things British; Series You’ll Love; Romance; Back to School: STEAM; Relaxation; Pop Culture Celebration; Biographies & Memoirs; and Sci-Fi.
All borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the Internet or Wi-Fi by streaming. On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline. Hoopla can be accessed via the library’s website at BoylePubLib.org/emedia.
OverDrive is provided by Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a consortium of 96 Kentucky libraries that gives their patrons 24/7 access to a growing collection of digital media, all of which can be checked out free of charge. At the end of the lending period, digital checkouts are automatically returned to the library’s catalog, so there are never any late fees.
There may be a waiting list for popular items if all of the copies are checked out. A hold can be placed on the item, and when it becomes available, an email is automatically sent to the person requesting the title.
Library card holders can go directly to kyunbound.lib.overdrive.com to browse the online collection and download the Libby app. BCPL cardholders have immediate access to a collection of eBooks & eAudiobooks and may download up to 20 titles at one time, with an unlimited number of checkouts throughout the year. Items may be downloaded to personal computers and to selected portable devices (tablets, eReaders and smart phones).
Using the Libby app, patrons also have access to Media Do books, which are primarily manga, comic books, and books in Japanese, and are typically read right-to-left. These titles are listed alongside other titles within the library collection.
Hoopla and OverDrive are available to anyone with a traditional or digital library card from BCPL. People in need of a digital library card can go to boylepublib.org/register to sign up. Additional information about the digital cards can be found on the library’s website, BoylePubLib.org, under the “How Do I?” section.
Digital library cards are intended for people who do not currently have library cards. Patrons who already have a physical library card but have never used the online catalog can easily access it through the eMedia page, boylepublib.org/emedia. Anyone needing assistance registering for a digital library card or accessing the online collection may contact the library.
The Boyle County Public Library serves the city of Danville and the surrounding communities, and is actively committed to enriching the lives of its patrons. The library is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition, free WiFi is available in the library parking lot 24/7. Chat with library staff using the live chat service on the library’s website or by texting (859)-545-8398.