Public library puts digital lending into Overdrive with high tech bookmobile

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Millions of eBooks and audio books are checked out of public libraries nationwide and now patrons can learn more about how they can load up their mobile devices with literature right here in Charleston.Overdrive, the distributor that supplies the Charleston Public Library with their digital content is coming to the Lowcountry and they're bringing their massive digital bookmobile with them.For two days, CCPL library users can find out their library systems provide free books for their iPads, Kindles and Nooks.The overdrive national tour will be at the Saint Andrews Regional Library on North Woodmere Drive November 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.The Digital Bookmobile is a 74-foot-long tractor trailer packed with interactive workstations where readers can sample eBooks, audio books and browse CCPL's digital lending website.CCPL started offering digital lending in October 2011. Executive Director of the Charleston County Pubic Library, Douglas Henderson, said it has always been the library's goal to give people the materials in the format they use."It's a service that people want to use," Henderson said. "People are now used to getting the information they want and using their devices, and being able to do it remotely when and where they want. It's our goal to get the resources they need at their leisure."Patrons must have a CCPL library card to borrow anything from the library, including eBooks, audio books or music.Readers in other counties can utilize digital lending with their public library systems as well. The Dorchester County Library offers various downloadable content on their website.{} The Berkeley County Library uses the Jasmine Digital Library, also powered by OverDrive.{}