Over the past few months, we’ve been authorizing more and more developers with access to OverDrive APIs, enabling libraries and approved vendors to integrate OverDrive content into a wide range of apps and discovery platforms. Now we’re seeing the first evidence of OverDrive APIs in action.
In October, two separate Colorado library systems—Marmot Library Network and Rangeview Library District—began integrating OverDrive-supplied content into OPAC search results. When patrons search for titles from the library’s OPAC, the results page returns eBooks and audiobooks alongside print books and other formats.
Colorado’s Marmot Library Network is using OverDrive APIs to make its digital collection discoverable via its VuFind catalog.
“The integration went very smoothly,” says Mark Noble of Marmot Library Network. “The APIs have proven invaluable in making our Advantage collections discoverable, making it possible for patrons to find titles that we don’t have MARC records for, and quickly determining availability.”
Marmot is leveraging the APIs to make its OverDrive collection discoverable via its VuFind catalog; to see Marmot’s integrated OPAC, click here. Specifically, Marmot is using OverDrive APIs to:
1. Supplement information in MARC records to include the formats that are available for each title.
2. Display and index information about total copies in the collection, including copies in their OverDrive Advantage library collections.
3. Load metadata for titles for which the library does not have MARC records.
4. Display real-time availability for each title.
5. Enable patrons to read eBook samples directly from the VuFind catalog.
Patrons are already enjoying the convenience of Marmot’s integrated catalog, says Jaclyn Kuusinen, reference librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. “Patrons are discovering OverDrive titles in VuFind on their own, without any staff direction or assistance,” she says. “This is a huge step forward in library eBook lending. Although we previously had links to the OverDrive catalog on our website people had to search in one catalog for physical materials and then have to navigate to a separate catalog to search for digital titles.
“Integrating the OverDrive catalog into VuFind has made the user experience easier and more seamless,” Kuusinen continues. “Now, if the book they want is checked out in paperback, patrons see the electronic version (if we have it) next to the checked out paperback. If the electronic version is available, patrons can check it out and download it without leaving the VuFind interface.”
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.