Public Library Participation
Idaho Public Libraries with existing OverDrive access can gain access to and borrow items from the IDEA collection through a Reciprocal Lending Agreement (RLA). There is no additional cost to all parties. This reciprocity allows patrons of each library/consortium access to all Overdrive collections in the alliance. Each library/consortium can choose which lending models they wish to include in the reciprocity. The only required lending model is one copy/one user. Any of the four metered access (MA) options can be included or excluded. Simultaneous use and titles purchased under an Advantage plan can not be shared. Libraries/Consortia may prioritize holds for their patrons ensuring they receive items before other alliance patrons.
To participate in RLA and join the alliance, please complete an RLA Enrollment Form for your OverDrive library/consortium and email it to OverDrive Account Manager Rob Rando (firstname.lastname@example.org). When sending in your form, please be sure in the body of your email to indicate if you wish to prioritize holds on your library’s titles for your library’s patrons, as this option is not on the current RLA agreement.
Once the agreement is in place, OverDrive will make the IDEA collection available to customers of the public library via their normal access points- the OverDrive website, OverDrive app, and Libby app.
Idaho Public Libraries without OverDrive service are encouraged to start an OverDrive collection or join an existing OverDrive Consortium to leverage buying power. We are currently aware of two Overdrive Consortia that are accepting new members: The Idaho Digital Consortium and the LIBRI Consortium.
Public Libraries are also encouraged to offer their OverDrive collection at no additional cost to students in their services areas by signing a Public Library Connect agreement (PLC) with the school district. This agreement can be signed at no additional cost to all parties and allows public library titles to be used by students without a public library card via the Sora app. Authentication happens through school’s Student Information System so student privacy is maintained.
To get started, contact Dylan Baker or Tammy Hawley-House.