The Huntington City-Township Public Library recently received a Library Services and Technology Act grant to purchase e-content for the Northeast Indiana Digital Library (NIDL). NIDL is a consortium of seven area libraries—including the Huntington City-Township Public Library—that provides eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be checked out by patrons of all the member libraries, through a company called OverDrive®.

“Over the past year, the demand for our library eBooks and eAudiobooks has increased significantly,” Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Kathy Holst said. “Up until now, we’ve focused on adding newly-released books and those requested by patrons. This grant will allow us to increase our collection by 30 percent and purchase older titles by popular authors that are still widely read. We are excited to be able to offer such a large increase in books at one time and hope everyone will not only enjoy these great reads but also be able to access them more quickly.”

[gn_pullquote align=”right”]“Over the past year, the demand for our library eBooks and eAudiobooks has increased significantly,” Huntington City-Township Public Library Director Kathy Holst said.[/gn_pullquote]The grant has allowed the consortium to purchase more than 675 eBooks and eAudiobooks that are already available on the NIDL website. The books include contemporary titles released primarily in the last five years for children, teens, and adults. The new books will fill in gaps in the collection and give patrons access to more great fiction, non-fiction, romance, mysteries, juvenile books, and more.

The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.

For those that are new to the library’s digital lending service, stop by the library, call 260-356-0824, or visit www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us for information on how to get started on browsing, checking out, and downloading books to your computer, tablet, smart phone, eReader, or MP3 player.