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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 to be shared with others in the alliance is one copy/one user (OC/OU). Any of the four metered access (MA) options can be included or excluded. Simultaneous use and titles purchased under Advantage plans are never shared. Libraries/Consortia may prioritize holds for their patrons ensuring they receive items before other alliance patrons.

FAQs

There is no additional cost for libraries with OverDrive collections to participate in the IDEA.

Public libraries without OverDrive collections cannot participate, but are encouraged to start an independent OverDrive collection or join an existing OverDrive Consortium to leverage buying power.

Each library/consortium can choose which lending models they wish to include in the reciprocity. The only lending model required to be shared with others in the alliance is One Copy/One User (OC/OU). Any of the four Metered Access (MA) options can be included or excluded. Simultaneous use and titles purchased under Advantage plans are never shared. Libraries/consortia may prioritize holds for their patrons, ensuring they receive items before other alliance patrons, or they may choose to turn off the availability of holds for visitors.

You can choose to have your patrons prioritized for your OverDrive collection or even to turn off the ability for “visitors” (anyone who is not one of your patrons) to be able to place holds on items in your OverDrive collection.

In addition to the OverDrive statistics available through Marketplace, OverDrive will share a monthly stats sheet with each participating public library.

No. Advantage titles may not be shared with other IDEA libraries.

The short answer is access to MANY more titles as no additional cost to you. The IDEA is focused on purchasing juvenile and teen titles, supplementing existing OverDrive collections. Once your library is participating, your patrons will have access to the OverDrive titles shared by other participating libraries as well.

Yes! By signing a Public Library Connect agreement (PLC), at no additional cost to all parties, public library titles can be used by students without a public library card via the school’s Sora app. Authentication happens through the school’s existing sign-in method, so student privacy is maintained.

Yes, multiple copies will be purchased as holds for those titles increase.

Since the entire consortium owns the collection, the consortium will need consensus from each library representative to join.

Currently the Libby app requires a separate search in each collection, but we understand an upgrade is coming within the next year to remedy that.

Public Libraries with an Independent OverDrive Collection
To participate in the RLA and join the alliance, please complete an RLA Enrollment Form for your library and email it to OverDrive Account Manager Rob Rando (rrando@overdrive.com). (To receive the RLA Enrollment Form, please contact Rob.) When sending in your completed 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 is not an option on the current RLA form.
Wait 2-4 weeks for an email from OverDrive indicating your library has been added to the RLA group.
OverDrive will make the OverDrive collections of all alliance members available to your library’s patrons via their normal access points, including the OverDrive website, OverDrive app, and Libby app. Using the Libby app, each patron will need to add a library, “IDEA by ICfL” and any other alliance member OverDrive libraries/consortia.

Public Libraries that are Members of an OverDrive Consortium
To participate in the RLA and join the alliance, please first ensure you have the general consensus of your OverDrive Consortium member libraries.
Please complete one RLA Enrollment Form for your OverDrive consortium and email it to OverDrive Account Manager Rob Rando (rrando@overdrive.com). (To receive the RLA Enrollment Form, please contact Rob.) When sending in your completed form, please be sure in the body of your email to indicate if you wish to prioritize holds on your consortium’s titles for your consortium’s patrons, as this option is not on the current RLA form.
Wait 2-4 weeks for an email from OverDrive indicating your consortium has been added to the RLA group.
OverDrive will make the OverDrive collections of all alliance members available to your consortium’s patrons via their normal access points, including the OverDrive website, OverDrive app, and Libby app. Using the Libby app, each patron will need to add a library, “IDEA by ICfL” and any other alliance member OverDrive libraries/consortia.

Public Libraries without OverDrive

Idaho Public Libraries without OverDrive service are encouraged to start an independent 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 service areas by signing a Public Library Connect agreement (PLC). 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 school’s Sora app. Authentication happens through the school’s existing sign-in method so student privacy is maintained.

Contact Dylan Baker at Dylan.Baker@libraries.idaho.gov with questions.

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Ada Community Library – How to add a library in Libby (PDF or zipped Publisher file) for public library staff and patrons
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This program is brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and was made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information on the IDEA project in Idaho, please contact Dylan Baker at dylan.baker@libraries.idaho.gov at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 208.334.2150

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