SOURCE: Naperville Public Library

September 06, 2005 10:36 ET

Naperville (IL) Public Library Expands 24/7 Digital Services

NAPERVILLE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- The Naperville (IL) Public Library significantly increased its 24/7 digital services today. Included in the expanded set of service initiatives are the following new formats:

--  eAudiobooks -- unabridged books that may be enjoyed on PCs and
    hundreds of portable devices such as compatible MP3 players.  They can also
    be burned to CD for use on any standard CD player, so you can listen to
    these downloadable books anywhere -- car, home, while exercising!
    
--  eBooks -- digital versions of print books that include all the
    pictures, text and graphics.  They can be downloaded onto PCs, Macs,
    laptops, supported PDAs, and other portable devices.   Titles include
    fiction, non-fiction, children's and adult popular fiction.  Authors
    include Jonathan Kellerman, Catherine Coulter, Douglas Adams, the
    "Frommer's Guides" and "Nolo Press."
    
These services are available through the library's website, www.naperville-lib.org.

The Naperville Public Library joins a distinguished group of libraries across America who are providing many new services to their users outside of the traditional four-walls of library buildings. New services, like downloaded eAudiobooks and eBooks, are available to residents wherever they are working or vacationing. OverDrive, Inc., the leading vendor of downloadable audio books and eBooks for libraries, supplies the technology for the new service.

"Naperville has a large number of adults who travel extensively as part of their work," explains Mark West, Deputy Library Director. "These expanded services give them 24/7 access to leisure reading materials as well as informational databases."

Use of the Library's website has exploded in recent months. In the first three months of the fiscal year almost a quarter million unique visitors clicked on the Naperville Public Library site, an increase of 36% from last year. (Actual number of unique visitor or user sessions was 234,632 for May, June and July).

Note to Editors: The Naperville Public Library in Naperville, IL, located in suburban Chicago, serves 136,400 residents with a budget of $13.5 million dollars from three state-of-the-art facilities. In the last 12 months, almost 4 million items were checked out by 92, 000 card holders.

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