The Navy General Library Program (NGLP), through a near seven-year partnership with Overdrive, the largest provider of ebooks and downloadable audio books to libraries worldwide, now offers more than 50,000 titles through Navy Knowledge Online.
The Overdrive service was introduced on NKO in November 2005 when NGLP initiated its first partnership with the eBook/audio book provider and has grown exponentially ever since.
"We are constantly adding titles, more copies of titles, new content and new services, with a digital library things are very dynamic, allowing us to constantly build our collection and offer more for our Sailors and their families," said Nellie Moffitt, NGLP director.
Currently the program boasts more than 108,000 copies of eBooks and audio books, to include numerous copies of professional reading that support the Navy Professional Reading Program and even classics and popular titles, like the 'Lord of the Rings' series and 'The Hunger Games.'
Customers keep the items from seven to thirty days and may have up to ten items checked out at any one time. In fiscal year 2011 more than 62,000 items were checked out, saving Sailors and their families $2.6 million.
"This program is a great resource that puts books for all ages at your fingertips. I look forward to logging into NKO to download the next book onto my kindle or iPad," said Lt. Katie Brennan, a Navy pediatric nurse practitioner at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in northern Virginia.
There are even special services for children. Preschoolers can have an eBook read to them on their parent's tablet, laptop or PC through the Tumblebooks: eBooks for ekids service.
"The services for kids are great, I plan on telling parents I see about this program because it's so easy, and it's a good way to spend time with each other and encourage reading," said Brennan.
"We've come a long way since this partnership began, just a few years ago we only had about 8,000 audio books and 400 eBooks available," added Moffitt. "I'm very happy with where we are now and I only expect this program to grow and grow."
Navy Library patrons may register for these services by Logging into NKO at https://wwwa.nko.navy.mil. Click on the "Reference" heading in the upper left part of the screen. Then click on "e-Library - audio & ebooks." Once on this NKO page Sailors and their families can explore the array of e-book and audio book services.
The Navy General Library Program has existed for nearly a century and is a service of Commander, Navy Installations Command.
Patrick Foughty is with the Commander, Navy Installations Command public affairs office.