Anchorage students are now able to take their favorite books with them on the go, thanks to a new online library.
The Anchorage School District announced Friday the launch of their new online digital library, powered by Overdrive. The new site boasts the inclusion of over 400 titles of varying genres, among them those chosen for the 2014-2015 Battle of the Books.
"While I still believe print books are critically important, we're responsible to meet the changing needs of our library patrons," said Ann Morgester, supervisor of ASD Library Resources, in the ASD press release. "Offering digital books is a fabulous way to give students the opportunity to continue reading while using 21st century skills."
Students will be able to log into the new system with their library card number and a pin, provided to them by their school's librarian. Once logged in, students can browse through the collection and read their selected book either by downloading it, or reading it in a browser, which Morgester notes will save their last spot for when they return to continue reading.
Up to two digital or audio books can be borrowed from the online library at a time for up to two weeks, per student. At the end of the two weeks, access to the books will require renewal through the system.
"This is a great and innovative opportunity to keep students reading throughout the year and helps instill that love of reading," said Superintendent Ed Graff in the release. "The digital library will bring reading to students in a way that's fun and exciting to them."
The school district officials stated in a release that they are still working to expand the number of titles available for students.