eBooks program provides convenience for students

July 26, 2012 Latest Print Print
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The OCCC library offers an online program where college students can download books to their mobile device and read them on the go.

The program called Overdrive can be accessed via library.occc.edu. It is free to all OCCC students.

The program is supposed to free students from making a trip to the library.

Overdrive allows students to check out and return books from non-fiction to text books.

“Overdrive is mainly fiction, leisure titles. We try to keep current, hot titles, in our collection,” Amanda Lemon, director of electronic services, said in an email.

According to the Overdrive website, etitles can be checked out for 14 days.

As to how many books you can have out, the Overdrive website says that you are limited to three titles at a time.

Just as easy as it is to check out books, the Overdrive website says that returning the online titles is just as easy. After the 14 day period, the files are simply deleted off of your computer as well as your mobile devices.

Online student Sally Chairez has not used the program because she does not have a mobile device to view the program.

She says the thought of using it is convenient. “The idea of being able to look at it, it’s a great help,” Chairez said.

Despite not all OCCC students having mobile devices, Lemon said that the service is reaching more students than its start last summer.

“The service has picked up speed since it’s initiation last summer. We plan on doing a Brown Bag in the fall semester October 31st from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. over out eBook/eAudiobook collection and the different devices students can use to download titles,” Lemon said in an email.

“So whether you are looking for a good read or need something important, consider using Overdrive on your mobile device.”

If you would like more information on the Overdrive program, visit http://help.overdrive.com/?Sup=http://occc.lib.overdrive.com/Support.htm.

To contact Kristy Vanden Heuvel, email onlineeditor@occc.edu.

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