SOURCE: North Suburban Library System

September 07, 2005 08:30 ET

Illinois Libraries Launch 24/7 "Media Mall"

Popular Titles Now Available for Checkout and Download to PCs, MP3s, PDAs

WHEELING, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 7, 2005 -- For many Illinois residents, accessing popular Audiobooks and eBooks has just become easier...and best of all it's free. With a new online service, MyMediaMall (, patrons of participating libraries can check out and download popular digital Audiobooks and eBooks any time of day from the comfort of their home. The digital books can be enjoyed on a wide range of devices including MP3 players and PDAs, providing a unique "anytime, anywhere" book experience.

MyMediaMall is the result of 20 Illinois libraries working together with the North Suburban Library System to offer patrons throughout the Chicago suburbs and other locations in northern and central Illinois 24/7 access to the latest digital materials.

The consortium's online collection provides hundreds of exceptional titles to choose from, including bestsellers and classics, fiction and non-fiction from popular authors and leading publishers. Titles include the works of Dean Koontz, Ridley Pearson, Charles Dickens, Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and many more.

To access materials patrons first download free reader software from the web site, pick titles, then download the digital books to their personal computers. Audiobooks can be enjoyed on PCs and hundreds of portable devices. They can also be transferred to portable WMA/MP3 players, or burned to CD for use on any standard CD player. eBooks can be read on personal computers, PDAs and Smartphones.

"Digital technology and books were a marriage meant to happen," said Sarah Long, director of the North Suburban Library System. "Downloadable books prove what librarians knew all along, that computers and the Internet would support expansive growth of library services, not the death that many predicted."

The anytime-anywhere service offers countless advantages for students, business travelers, or any avid, multi-tasking reader. Users find the automatic return feature extremely convenient; when the loan period is over the file expires and the materials are checked back in. If a book is already checked out, users can have the book put on hold and they will be notified by e-mail when it is available. OverDrive, Inc., the leading vendor of downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks, supplied the technology for the new service.

To browse the collection, visit A valid library card from a participating library is all that's required to checkout and download books. A list of participating libraries is on the Web site.

The North Suburban Library System ( is an organization of 650 public, academic, school and special libraries in the north Chicago suburbs. It is one of nine multi-type library systems funded through the Illinois State Library.

OverDrive, Inc. ( is the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital content to retailers and public libraries in the US and the UK.

Contact Information


    Judy Hoffman
    North Suburban Library System
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    Brian Wright
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