Returning to three week loan period for ebooks!

By Anne L. RSS Thu, April 10, 2014

You spoke, and we heard you!  Effective today, we are again offering loan periods of up to three weeks instead of two weeks for our ebooks and downloadable books offered through our OverDrive Digital Library service.

Why did we make that change any way?

We reduced the loan period in December because of the large increase in ebook circulation, coming at a time when the Free Library's materials budget remains flat and many popular ebook titles have long waits. By reducing the loan period, titles would be available sooner for the next customer waiting to read that book.  But many of you told us that two weeks was not long enough to read some longer titles.   So, we are returning to the longer loan period!

I want to thank everyone who took the time to let us know how they felt about this.  We appreciate your interest in and support of the Free Library of Philadelphia!

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Thank you...thank you...thank you! It's amazing how wonderful being listened to can make you feel! Thank you for giving us back the 3 wk. lending peroid on ebooks! Sincerely, Jackie D.
Jacquelyn Davis - Pennsauken, NJ
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thank you for listening to the people.
Mitch - Scranton PA
Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank you for giving us 3 weeks again.
Sharon S - Philadelphia
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Some things we can do to help reduce the holds list wait for others who are behind us on the list: 1. If you finish the book before the 3 weeks are up (or the 1 week in Chester County or the 2 weeks in Montgomery, Bucks, or Delaware County), return it early. This will also allow you to check out another ebook if you've reached the limit. 2. If you no longer need an ebook on which you have a hold, remove your name from the holds list for it. For example, you may have had your name on the holds list for both the ebook and "real book" versions of a title, and your name came up first for the "real book". (And if the reverse happens, cancel your hold on the "real book" to make the waiting list for that one go faster.) 3. When you get the email saying that the book is ready for you to download, even though you have 72 hours (96 in Bucks County) to get it, try to get it as soon as possible so that your checkout time ends sooner, and thus another person can get it that much faster. However, I realize that this may not always be convenient, depending on your device and Internet connection. Plus I realize that you may not have the opportunity to start it yet, and those 72 hours gives you time to prepare to give your full attention to the downloaded ebook. I know that I have been guilty of doing this.
Regina - Abington (Mont. Co.)
Thursday, April 17, 2014

It took me six months to learn that you have returned to allowing three weeks for audio and ebooks. Thank you so, so much. I had been avoiding borrowing longer books because I knew that I would not be able to finish them in 2 weeks. Once again I am a happy camper. I much prefer to make donations to the library rather than buy ebooks from Amazon.
Fran - Hershey
Sunday, October 12, 2014