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DCL tops one million e-book and audiobook checkouts

Information provided by Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) reached a record-breaking number of digital book checkouts in 2020, surpassing the one million mark last November. This milestone highlights the continued growth and importance of the library’s digital lending of e-books and audiobooks, especially in a year that included building closures due to the global pandemic.

“Our senior leadership team saw a need unlike any we’ve ever seen for digital materials this year, and they responded with funding to meet the demands of our community,” said DCL Collection Development Librarian Andrea Wyant.

DCL has offered 24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive and the Libby reading app for several years. As a result of the pandemic, DCL enhanced its digital library to accommodate more digital checkouts and less wait time, and added a Skip the Line feature for instant checkout of items similar to Your Lucky Day items in its branches.

The one-millionth checkout in OverDrive was The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, and the most popular e-book and audiobook checked out in 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

All that readers need to access digital books from DCL is a valid library card, and they can use any major device, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle.

Readers may access the DCL digital library at or via the library’s catalog.

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