If I don’t have a lot of time to dive into the book I’m currently reading I turn to the latest copy of my favorite magazine. I also like to keep up with what’s going on around the world by reading the newspaper each morning. This is why I was so excited to learn that my local library was now featuring a collection of popular periodicals in their OverDrive digital collection. Now I spend each morning and lunch time borrowing digital magazines and newspapers right on my phone.

periodicalsOverDrive Periodicals provide your patrons something to read every day in addition to the great eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos you offer. Additionally, because they are easy to browse through, libraries are seeing a large increase in circulation simply by making them a featured collection on their digital library home page.

As Holly Varley of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County noted, “We began our OverDrive Magazine collection with 40 titles sure to be popular with customers.  They were featured on our OveDrive page and were an immediate hit—and we’ve seen a 12% increase in usage in just 8 weeks.  Ordering in Marketplace is simple to do anytime, so additional titles and subscriptions can be purchased exactly when you need them.”

You can give your patrons access to more than 1,000 popular digital magazines and newspapers. And OverDrive makes it easy and convenient because periodicals are offered on the same website as your eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video. We’ve also created collections of the most in-demand periodicals starting at less than $.02 per copy.

Join us for our free webinar on Wednesday, March 11 @ 3:00 pm EST to see an overview of the periodical service and learn about our ever-growing catalog of titles, including The Economist, National Enquirer, OK!, HGTV Magazine, Food Network, ESPN, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, Vanity Fair and GQ!


Adam Sockel is a Social Media Specialist with OverDrive