KCLS partners with Rakuten OverDrive to increase access to popular eBooks

KCLS’ new OverDrive Lucky Day collection makes in-demand digital titles immediately available to readers

The King County Library System (KCLS) has partnered with Rakuten OverDrive to add digital titles to KCLS’ Lucky Day collection, which makes in-demand books available for immediate check out, no holds needed.

Previously only available for physical books, KCLS’ OverDrive Lucky Day collection now allows patrons to check out two Lucky Day eBooks per library card, for 14 days. Digital Lucky Day books can be downloaded through the Libby app, and are easily identifiable with green shamrocks next to their titles. Like the physical version that existed before it, KCLS’ OverDrive Lucky Day collection will be constantly rotating, and is determined by what is most popular with patrons—the items with the highest holds will make the list.

“We see patrons moving more and more towards digital materials, and we're excited to be able to partner with OverDrive to offer a digital Lucky Day collection,” said Nancy Henkel, KCLS manager of selection and order, in Collection Management Services. “We wanted to give patrons a quick and easy way to access our most popular eBooks immediately, and we hope they enjoy the OverDrive Lucky Day collection as much as the physical one.”

Patrons can still find physical Lucky Day books, identified by large green stickers, on the shelves of 19 participating libraries, including: Auburn; Bothell; Burien; Covington; Des Moines; Enumclaw; Fairwood; Federal Way; Issaquah; Kent; Kingsgate; Mercer Island; Newport Way; North Bend; Redmond; Sammamish; Shoreline; Vashon; and Woodinville.

About the King County Library System
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County (outside the City of Seattle), KCLS currently has 50 libraries and more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. In 2018, residents checked out more than 4.8 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through Rakuten OverDrive, making KCLS the #1 digital circulating library in the U.S. and #3 in the world.

King County Library System Media Contact: Sarah Thomas, 425.369.3277, sjthomas@kcls.org