Answered By: Hannah Bowser
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2017     Views: 45

  • eBooks for libraries are sold in two different lending models. 
    • Some can be purchased permanently. 
    • Others are available temporarily through a scheme called “metered access.” 
  • Libraries do not have a choice of purchasing a book in one or the other of these models – it’s entirely up to the publisher. 
  • Sometimes publishers will switch a book from metered access to permanent purchase once the book isn’t new any longer; again, this is entirely up to the publisher.
  • Metered access titles may be sold for a certain number of checkouts, for a period of time, or a combination of whichever-of-these-comes-first.  This is also determined by the publisher and libraries have no choice in the matter.
  • OverDrive’s Holds page doesn’t explain to the borrower that there is currently a waiting list but no copies available.  It even stops showing the borrower’s position on the waiting list. 
    • Instead of saying, “#4 of 0 copies – contact your library to recommend this title for re-purchase,” there’s no information on the borrower’s hold page at all.
    • When the borrower goes to the main page for the title, the existence of the waiting list still isn’t apparent.  The title information just shows “0 of 0 copies available.”
  • Alert library staff via our Ask-a-Librarian service and we can work on a resolution for you and other patrons wanting to read the digital item.