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County library system on digital download record

By LC LIBRARY SYSTEM - | Jan 26, 2021

The Lee County Library System recently announced that it achieved a record 1.9 million digital checkouts in 2020, up about 18.8 percent from 1.6 million in 2019.

The system is one of 65 around the world — including stand-alone libraries and consortia — that surpassed 1 million checkouts through OverDrive, a digital reading platform, and its app, Libby.

The accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of e-books, audiobooks and streaming content, along with the creative ways the library has served its community with digital services, especially in a year with adjustments due to the pandemic.

Readers in Lee County need only a valid library card to access digital materials from the system’s digital collection. Readers can use phones, tablets, e-readers or computers to access materials from digital content providers like Overdrive, hoopla and RBdigital.

Borrowed titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Library cardholders can also download titles for offline use.

Those who live, work or attend school in Lee County can get a free library card.

To borrow e-books, audiobooks, magazines and streaming content, visit leelibrary.net/online.

Founded in 1964, the Lee County Library System has 13 branches to serve residents, including the Captiva Memorial Library. For information, visit www.leelibrary.net or call 239-4636.