The solution offers exciting UK content from all major publishers, curated by digital experts in the UK to ensure that relevant titles are available for library users. The cloudLibrary can be accessed online, at a Discovery Station, or through many popular devices, including iOS and Android, via the easy-to-use app. In addition, cloudLibrary is seamlessly integrated into the QuickConnect self-service software, allowing users to see recommended digital content and borrow titles right from the library kiosk. All that is required is a one-time entry of a user’s library card ID.
Chris Millican, bibliotheca UK’s Commercial Manager comments: “The cloudLibrary has been the premier method for eBook lending in the US and Canada for the past four years, with the recent enhancement to provide audiobooks as well. It’s now time for UK libraries to experience the best in class library e-lending solution available. cloudLibrary has proven to be a favourite for US and CA library users, with reviews and rankings proving how simple, convenient and enjoyable the entire experience is. With no complicated Digital Rights Management, library staff will experience fewer support queries and a higher rate of collection circulation.”
Prior to introducing the solution in the UK, a selection of libraries was chosen to collectively form the UK cloudLibrary Advisory Council to test it, ensure it was right for the market and advise bibliotheca on any specific requirements. The solution is now fully functional in all Advisory Council libraries and will be presented to library users across a series of special launch events over the coming weeks. Members of the cloudLibrary team will be on hand to show the solution to library users at the following libraries:
- Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council, Richmond Lending Library, Little Green – Thursday 11th February
- Newcastle City Council, Newcastle City Library – Monday 22nd February
- Suffolk Libraries, Ipswich County Library – Tuesday 23rd February
- Slough Borough Council, Slough Library – Wednesday 24th February
- Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Library – Thursday 25th February
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council, City Central Library – Friday 26th February
Cllr Meena Bond, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “eBooks are a great way for our customers to connect to the library either in their homes, at the library via Wi-Fi or on the go. It is just another example of how libraries and technology are bridging the digital divide creating 21st century libraries. We have had an eBook service for some time and it has been very popular. We are now looking at making it even more flexible for readers, with even more books.”
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.
With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.