[Eril-l] Using Overdrive and/or IA's "National Emergency Library" during COVID closures

Marie-Therese Mitri mtalam at lau.edu.lb
Mon Mar 30 11:46:20 PDT 2020

Dear colleagues,

Hope you are all safe and sound.

I am also interested. Do please include me in your response.



From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> on behalf of Laura Turner <lauraturner at sandiego.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 6:42 PM
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Subject: [Eril-l] Using Overdrive and/or IA's "National Emergency Library" during COVID closures

Dear colleagues,

I'm reaching out to see how other academic libraries are handling ebook requests for titles that are not available through traditional academic suppliers (Proquest, EBSCO, etc.).  An example would be Bill Nye's Unstoppable, published by St. Martin's, so more of a popular non-fiction title.  Specifically, Overdrive seems to have been a resource for that kind of material that is no longer available at our city public library, though they do have a couple of other platforms.  Has your academic library worked with Overdrive?

Also, has anyone begun pointing users to Internet Archive's "National Emergency Library" for access at least to scanned titles that you might already have in your print collection?

Please feel free to respond off-list, if you prefer.


Laura Turner
Head of Collections, Access, and Discovery
Helen K. and James S. Copley Library / University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA  92110-2492
Phone:  (619) 260-2365 | lauraturner at sandiego.edu<mailto:lauraturner at sandiego.edu>
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