Released: July 21, 2013

This library’s doors never close; Local libraries open up e-libraries to give readers more options


In fall 2011, the Anderson County Library began offering library card holders access to an electronic library, OverDrive. The total number of books checked out through the service in fiscal year 2011-12 was 17,593. That number jumped to 36,311 last fiscal year.

“More than 2,000 people are using this service, and they are checking out 36,000 books. So yes, it is popular,” Evans said.

A survey released by the Pew Research Center in January showed that many American library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand. That coincides with a study that the national research center published in December 2012.

“The population of e-book readers is growing,” according to the study. “In the past year, the number of adult Americans who read e-books increased from 16 percent to 23 percent. At the same time, the number of those who read printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72 percent to 67 percent.”

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