eBooks

Commonwealth eBooks is changing

In 2018, the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in conjunction with our Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing Networks, are supporting the implementation of reciprocal lending of eBooks and eAudiobooks on the Overdrive platform.  The pilot phase of this project was successfully concluded during the winter of 2017/18 and is now expanding.

Reciprocal lending is currently live across all public library networks.  Sharing with the MLS-managed Overdrive consortium of school libraries is currently one way only (schools can borrow from the wider collection).

Group Join Date
Minuteman (original pilot) November 2017
OCLN (original pilot) November 2017
SAILS (original pilot) November 2017
MassCat July 2018 (public libraries only)
C/W MARS July 2018
CLAMS July 2018
NOBLE August 2018
Boston Public Library February 2019
MVLC April 2019

With the cross network sharing, it is now possible for any Massachusetts resident, via either their public library card or the Boston Public Library's eCard, to access eBook collections from across the state.