Nearly 4 Million e-Books Borrowed from Wisconsin’s Digital Library

Posted Jan 24, 2017

This press release from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, who operate Wisconsin's Digital Library, details Wisconsin readers' record year of e-reading:

"(Wisconsin)—January 19, 2017 — Wisconsin’s Digital Library, together with OverDrive, announced that they have set a new record for lending digital books in 2016. Wisconsin’s Digital Library experienced significant year-over-year growth of 11 percent from 2015 and joins an elite circle of 49 libraries in three countries that surpassed one million digital books borrowed. Five of the 49 libraries surpassed 3 million digital books borrowed and Wisconsin’s Digital Library circulated the most with 3.9 million eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video borrowed from the library’s OverDrive-powered collection. See the complete list of libraries here.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library has produced large numbers for lending digital books with a robust collection, curated lists, and personalized recommendations that have engaged more readers and connected them with their next great read. In addition, the library has demonstrated ongoing success in their marketing efforts to reach more of their community with specialized sections for kids and teens and multi-lingual website interfaces.

Library users in Wisconsin can access digital books from Wisconsin’s Digital Library with a library card and any major computer or device, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™, Kindle® (U.S. only) and the highest-rated eBook app for libraries, OverDrive. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere at

About Wisconsin’s Digital Library
Wisconsin's Digital Library, established in 2001 and funded by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, is a shared, state-wide collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video available for free to all Wisconsin public library card holders."

Shorewood patron's own e-reading grew steadily in 2016. Shorewood patron's checked out 4,330 digital audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library in 2016, 26% more than in 2015, and 8,676 e-books in 2016, 18% more than in 2015. Contact us if you ever have questions about how Wisconsin's Digital Library works for you - four of our reference librarians are "OverDrive experts" and answer your support questions from via email, phone and in person.

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