The American Library Association released its 2009–2010 PLFTAS national survey results today and on the list: eBooks.  The national average came out at 65.9%, with 21 states meeting or exceeding the national average for eBook availability.

Here is a list of the top states (and federal districts) based on percentage of libraries with eBooks:

  1. Tie: Hawaii and District of Columbia 100%
  2. Utah 98%
  3. Maryland 97%
  4. Wisconsin 96%
  5. North Carolina 94 %
  6. Tennessee 89 %
  7. Massachusetts 87%
  8. Minnesota 86%
  9. Tie: Florida and Ohio 83%
  10. Connecticut 78%

You can check out the data from 46 states and the District of Columbia here.

Does your library offer eBooks? How are they circulating compared to other material?

Allison Strouse is a marketing associate for OverDrive.


HT: Resource Shelf

3 Responses to “In the News: ALA library survey with eBook availability”

  1. Luke Rumfelt

    My state, North Carolina offers Ebooks through the Overdrive program but the amount of books it offers is horrible. Less than 1/10th of the available offerings in the genres I enjoy are available through the NC overdrive system.

    I see ebooks becoming a major way of consuming literary content in the future but unless libraries start offering the entire available collection its essentially meaningless to visit my state library.

    I want to know why the entire collection is not offered at every public library that has an account with your system?

  2. Dan Stasiewski

    Hi Luke, I understand your frustration, but offering the entire collection is not currently possible if you want the best content from major publishers and authors.

    If there’s a book that you see on that you would like added to your library’s collection, just let the library know. Most of our library partners are very interested to hear what you, the patron, wants and will meet demand to the best of their ability. North Carolina just started adding EPUB eBooks in December of 2009, so it takes some time to develop a robust collection of titles. The more they hear from you, the more likely they are to respond to the demand.

    -Dan (

  3. Tammy Silver

    Are you talking about the downloadable audios from the State Library on NC LIVE or the North Carolina Digital Library? ( In either case, the libraries have to buy each book on their sites, so the constraints are more financial than anything else. All libraries would like to offer as many books as they possibly can – the problem is figuring out how to pay for it.