OverDrive APIs are enabling libraries and approved vendors to integrate OverDrive content into a wide range of apps and discovery platforms. Just last week, The Library Corporation (TLC) implemented the Status and Availability APIs into its LS2 PAC. The integration gives library patrons browsing TLC-powered catalogs the ability to see OverDrive item status, as well as an indication of item popularity, by showing the current OverDrive holds queue within the catalog result list.
“Most of our customers already use OverDrive services, and this integration will make it easier for their patrons to see their investment in these titles without having to look in a separate place or make a separate search,” says Dianne Coan of TLC.
TLC joins a growing list of vendors making prodigious use of the OverDrive APIs. SirsiDynix recently announced plans to integrate OverDrive APIs into eResource Central, its electronic resource management solution for libraries. Last fall, Colorado’s Marmot Library Network and Rangeview Library District began using the APIs to integrate OverDrive-supplied content into OPAC search results. Stay tuned for details on API integration projects currently underway with Biblionix and Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries.
Currently, there are more than 100 libraries and approved vendors working on OverDrive API initiatives, and we’ll keep you posted as those projects come to fruition. Later this year, we’ll be releasing additional APIs to enable title checkout and download, acquisitions, and reports.
To learn how your library can leverage OverDrive APIs for rich integration, please visit our Developer Portal. Also, check out this introduction to OverDrive APIs.
Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.