Find An Expanding Digital Book World at OverDrive.com, through the Jersey City Library Website

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  Yes, you can ‘curl up to a Kindle’ now that Kindle-compatibility exists at OverDrive.com, which is found through a link when you scroll down the homepage of the Jersey City Free Public Library website.  

            The digital service, which has been offered through the Jersey City Free Public Library since 2008, provides audio books, eBooks, music and video to download.  Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://jclibrary.lib.overdrive.com.

Users may browse the growing collection of best-selling and classic titles. To check out a digital title, users will need a valid library card, personal computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on the computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can be burned to CD to enjoy in the car. The default lending period is seven days; however you can vary that with two other choices, 14 or 21 days. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.

“This is a free and easy-to-use service,” said Victor Enriquez, head of the library’s MIS Department. “The OverDrive.com website is easy to navigate, so finding out what to do is a cinch.”

Patrons will need to install the appropriate software, including the OverDrive Media Console for audio and video titles, which requires Windows 98SE and above. To read eBook titles, patrons will download the free reader software for Adobe eBooks and Mobipocket eBooks. The “Quick Start Guide” under “Getting Started” provides clear, solid information in which to begin.

 Another great digital ‘find’, specially designed for those individuals looking for work, is Gale Career Transitions: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/nj_jerseyct_ct?db=CART&id=access

Career Transitions is a self-paced resource that walks the job-seeker through the entire process of landing a job. No matter where you are in life, Career Transitions helps you take the next step.

Career Transitions offers a practical, personalized, and guided experience that integrates all the tools needed in the job search-process, including:

  • Résumé builder
  • A personal profile that stores references, action plan, and more
  • Assessment engine that identifies career interests and transferable skills
  • Ability to target specific careers, and apply for jobs
  • Interviewing and networking tips
  • Adult education and low-fee distance learning classes
  • Access to unemployment services, health benefits, and other social services

For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter at Jersey City Free Public Library. As of today, October 31, 2011, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 206,008 valid card members.

OverDrive is a leader in providing world-class infrastructure for downloading premium digital content. We deliver secure management, protection and download services for hundreds of publishers and institutions (rights holders) and thousands of libraries, retailers and distributors serving millions of end users.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.  www.OverDrive.com

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