ZANESVILLE — Muskingum County Library System has expanded its services with the addition of audio books and eBooks available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the virtual library at www.muskingumlibrary.org.
Users may browse the library’s website, check selections out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices with the exception of Kindle. Users will need to install free software available on the website the first time they download to their computer or mobile device. For audio books interested users will download Overdrive Media Console. To read eBooks, users will need Adobe Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod, Sony Readers, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period of 2 weeks. The titles cannot be downloaded from the public computers in the library due to licensing restrictions.
This new service is powered by Overdrive and is made available through the Muskingum County Library System’s participation in Ohio eBooks, a statewide consortium.
Blair Tom, manager with the library system, said, “Our partnership with over 40 Ohio public library systems makes this service far more cost effective while providing area residents with a much richer, diverse, larger collections of titles from which to select. The collection includes popular fiction and non-fiction titles as well as children’s books. We plan on providing classes in the Computer Lab at John McIntire Library to introduce this collection and demonstrate how to browse, search, select and download titles to various devices.”
Interested people may ask a library associate for more information and assistance with the expanded collection available at the virtual library found at muskingumlibrary.org.