More Books For You! PCPL has joined an OverDrive consortium

Pima County Public Library recently joined the group SOLR (Sharing OverDrive Library Resources) which allows customers from any of the member libraries to check out available materials from the other libraries... with limited parameters.

The library does not pay any extra for this partnership, and our OverDrive users have access to many more materials that might be more readily available. These books don't show up in our catalog, so you'll have to use Libby or the OverDrive site, opens a new window to navigate to the Partner Libraries using the dropdown on the top right. (Note: you can use Libby on desktop by going to Libbyapp.com and syncing to your device.)

Here is what the drop-down menu looks like:

 

How it works

To find the book you're looking for, you can search each library or consortium's page individually on the OverDrive desktop site or use the new feature on Libby noted below. You can only see available titles. Because of this, you cannot place holds on items that are currently checked out at the other libraries, and customers from partner libraries cannot place holds on our items. Either way, it could be someone's lucky day. You can check these books out for a period of either 7 or 14 days

Checkouts from Partner Libraries do not count towards your PCPL OverDrive count, so at any point in time, you could have several dozen digital books checked out.

Here are the numbers by library:

  • Pima County Public Library (home): 20
  • Apache County Library District: 5
  • Cochise County Library District: 5
  • Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library: 7
  • Gila County Library District: 2
  • The Little Libraries That Could consortium: 3
  • Navajo County Library District and Partner Libraries: 3
  • Southwest Valley Library Consortium: 10
  • Tempe OverDrive Digital Collection: 12
  • Yavapai Library Network: 6
  • Yuma County Library District: 10

So really, at one point, someone who has used up their digital holds limit could have 83 ebooks or downloadable audiobooks checked out.

That's a lot. Hopefully nobody will ever do that.

(Also, a reminder: Many OverDrive titles are metered either by time or number of checkouts, and having so many ebooks and audiobooks checked out at one time that you know you won't get to is just a waste of that checkout, meaning one fewer person might get it. Check-out responsibly!)

Using Libby

You can also set up Libby to be able to access these collections from your device. All you have to do is search for the libraries you want to add, choose "I'm Visiting From Another Library," and log in using your library card and PIN. While previously, you had to toggle between libraries, you can now see whether any title you search is available at any other libraries while searching the Pima County Public Library collection. Tap the small image on the right that looks like a library card, and you'll get a list of all libraries for which you have cards.

Screenshot of Libby - select "I'm Visiting From Another Library"   Screenshot of Libby - "select Pima County Public Library from the dropdown"   

If you're in a browser on a computer, you can go to libbyapp.com and find the same thing, both in your search:

...and if you click on an individual title:

So yeah. It's pretty easy! Sign in, look around, and read away.