For the last few months, we’ve been sharing success stories about how libraries are adding thousands of new OverDrive users through our Instant Digital Card (IDC) service. IDC creates a digital card in under 30 seconds, providing instant access to eBooks and audiobooks for new readers through Libby and your OverDrive websites. It’s the perfect way to create new library patrons from people who discover Libby at a time when they can’t get to a library right away to sign up for a card.

Now, IDC is integrating with SirsiDynix to enable libraries who sign up for the service to provide new users with a full-access library card. This grants access not just to your OverDrive digital library, but to every service you offer straight away. This integration creates a patron record for users who are successfully registered with IDC. Users are pre-qualified before being added to the ILS, as the service confirms their address and ensures it maps to your service area. Additionally, libraries choose what other information is kept in the patron record, such as user type, branch information, or user category.

This week at the SirsiDynix 2018 Annual User Conference, we announced that Rochester Public Libraryin Minnesota is the first library to go live with this integration. If your library is interested in piloting this service in your area, contact your OverDrive Account Manager. We’ll be launching additional libraries in the coming weeks.


About OverDrive’s Instant Digital Card service
As libraries like yours transform to better serve their communities, half the nation has yet to discover and benefit from their valuable programs and online services available for free, anytime and anywhere. That’s why we developed the Instant Digital Card (IDC) feature: To connect readers with your digital collection in just 30 seconds. It’s another way OverDrive is helping libraries reach and engage more of their communities. When your library enables IDC, users are presented with the option to get access to your digital collection using their mobile phone number. Users see a prompt on the log-in screen of your library’s OverDrive-powered website and in the OverDrive and Libby apps. Your library just needs to provide us with a list of zip codes to define your service area. We’ll do the rest.