Sno-Isle Libraries to discontinue 3M Cloud Library

Sno-Isle Libraries will no longer offer eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library, effective Jan. 1. However, customers will be able to download all of the same titles through the popular Overdrive platform.

Relatively few customers used the Cloud Library, so it wasn’t cost-effective to keep paying for the service, said Nancy Messenger, collection development manager. 

“Cloud Library just hasn’t caught on with our customers in the three years we have offered it,” said Nancy Messenger, collection development manager. “For 2015, the average circulation of all items in the Cloud Library collection is less than one-half that of the OverDrive collection.”

One reason for the difference, she added, is that many of eBook and audio book customers are long-time users of OverDrive, which offers access to content that can be read on Kindle devices.

Customers can no longer put Cloud Library materials on hold. If a book is on hold already, it will need to requested separately in Overdrive. Materials can be reserved and downloaded directly in the Overdrive app, or from the Sno-Isle Libraries catalog.

In another change for 2016, Sno-Isle Libraries will no longer offer StarWalk, a product that provides unlimited access to children’s eBooks.

“We piloted this resource in 2015 at no cost,” Messenger said. “However, use has not been good. When faced with having to pay for the service in the coming year, we decided not to continue with it.”

Overall, Messenger said, The Sno-Isle Libraries large offerings of digital materials is growing rapidly. In 2016, 47 percent of the district’s $6 million materials budget will be devoted to materials in digital formats.

For more information about downloadable books, music, magazines and movies, sno-isle.org/emedia.