Division meets students’ and staff’s growing need for convenient access to digital books for curriculum and leisure reading



CLEVELAND – November 2, 2021 –  OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the expansion of OverDrive Academic, a division that supplies ebooks and audiobooks to two- and four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Students and staff now benefit from increased access to more digital content and a dedicated team providing customized digital collections, tools to maximize efficiency and 24/7 support. OverDrive Academic serves hundreds of academic institutions with the industry’s leading catalog and Libby, the award-winning reading app.

“I can’t imagine how we could provide the ebooks and audiobooks our students and faculty need without OverDrive Academic,” said Joseph Hafner, Associate Dean of Collection Services at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s the only source for some titles, and students and faculty prefer the platform over other ebook platforms.”

Colleges and universities can build their own custom digital book collection for secure and convenient 24/7 access from OverDrive Academic’s catalog of millions of digital books and magazines in over 100 languages. The catalog contains titles in all subjects including course materials, technology, psychology, engineering, bestsellers, language learning, professional development and more. Prominent publishers include Taylor & Francis, Oxford University Press, Elsevier, Springer Publishing, Penguin Random House, Wiley and HarperCollins along with thousands of others.

The Libby app allows users to easily access their college library’s ebooks and audiobooks to support their academic and pleasure reading objectives. With Libby, readers can borrow and enjoy digital books 24/7 on any device, download content for offline use and stream content to save storage space. All library loans, holds, notes, bookmarks and reading progress are synced automatically across all devices using the app. The Libby interface is also available in 10 languages, allowing English and non-English speakers to easily browse and borrow titles in their native language.

“OverDrive Academic is compelling for any university because of our intuitive Libby app and the incredible depth of our catalog,” said Steve Rosato, Manager of OverDrive Academic. “Colleges and universities are experiencing increasing demand for audio, and we provide the largest audiobook catalog including many digital titles that cannot be accessed through any other vendor. In addition, we help bring to campuses a wide variety of in-demand diverse authors and publishers to support curriculum, research and leisure reading needs.”

OverDrive Academic is a division of OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for a growing network of more than 73,000 libraries and schools in 88 countries. Since adding McGill University as its first academic library partner in 2009, OverDrive now serves hundreds of two-and four-year colleges and universities around the world.

To learn more about OverDrive Academic, visit https://company.overdrive.com/academic-libraries/.


About OverDrive Academic – a division of OverDrive

OverDrive Academic offers the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks for hundreds of two- and four-year colleges and universities worldwide. With the Libby reading app, named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, OverDrive Academic helps support academic objectives with educational and popular digital books. Founded in 1986, OverDrive – the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools – and OverDrive Academic are based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. OverDrive recently acquired Kanopy, the leading streaming video service for public libraries and academic institutions. https://company.overdrive.com/academic-libraries/

David Burleigh
Director of Brand Marketing & Communications