KFPL partners with five Ontario library systems to expand eBook lending

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The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) has expanded its digital bookshelf by partnering with Burlington, Hamilton, London, Mississauga and Ottawa Public Libraries to provide greater access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and its app, Libby.

“Our partnership with these excellent Ontario library systems supports the work we all do to promote literacy and provide a breadth of resources for our communities,” said Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Director, Service Design and Delivery. “While we are always growing our own digital collections, now library users can enjoy even more eBooks and eAudiobooks on one user-friendly platform.”

According to a media release from the library, KFPL’s reciprocal lending agreement with these libraries took effect on Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2023.

Local library users can now access the digital shelves at Burlington, Hamilton, London, Mississauga and Ottawa—unlocking more than 300,000 books—all using a KFPL library card number and PIN, the library stated.

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Patrons will even be able to reserve books at the partner libraries. KFPL noted that every library’s own members will have their reservations prioritized over visiting members. “Your best bet is to always start with KFPL’s collection and then visit our partners for something you can’t find with us,” KFPL said.

KFPL returned to OverDrive as its eBook and eAudiobook provider in January 2023, and now anyone with a valid KFPL membership can use it to borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines, according to the release.

Library patrons can access the OverDrive collection in these ways:

As always, library cards are free for anyone who lives in the city of Kingston or Frontenac County, KFPL said.

Learn more about OverDrive and its mobile app, Libby, at https://www.kfpl.ca/ebooks-eaudiobooks-and-digital-collections/overdrive.

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