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

Linda Landi llandi at fvrl.org
Mon Mar 30 14:59:48 PDT 2020

We were about to promote the National Emergency Library but saw this
article in NPR today, which made us put on the brakes:


Linda Landi

Senior Collection Development Librarian


Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

1007 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA 98663

My pronouns are: She / Her / Hers

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 8:42 AM Laura Turner <lauraturner at sandiego.edu>

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Laura
> *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
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