NWLS Digital Media in Review

2013 marked a year of big changes and growing usage of the digital media collections. BadgerLink and Wisconsin's Digital Library both offer Wisconsin residents free access to extensive digital resources.

BadgerLink provides an EBSCOhost ebook database of about 250,000 nonfiction titles for full-text viewing or downloading. Access the EBSCO ebook collection by clicking the EBSCO "Database List" link in BadgerLink, then choose the "eBook Collection" link from the list. Activity on the EBSCOhost ebooks has fallen steadily over the last few years.

Wisconsin's Digital Library offers an OverDrive database of about 65,950 ebooks, 20,700 audiobooks, 320 videos, and 250 music titles. Ebook circulation has shown the most dramatic increase of all digital formats (from 19,561 in 2012 to 46,351 in 2013). OverDrive support for Kindle ebooks resulted in 52% of the ebook circulations. The highest circulating ebook title in 2012 was "Gone Girl.” Audiobook circulation totaled 16,692, up 36% from 2012. "The Hunger Games" was the highest circulating title for a second year in a row. Circulation for both music and video formats dropped somewhat from the previous year. The music collection had 19 checkouts and the video collection had 46 checkouts.

New in 2013 was the OverDrive Advantage program funded by NWLS to give member library patrons exclusive access to additional titles purchased to reduce waiting time. To access Advantage titles users need to sign in before browsing the catalog.


This year OverDrive has developed a new site just for kids that complements the main digital library site. The eReading Room for Kids and Teens is a destination where they can search for juvenile and young adult titles on their own website. To learn more about the new features visit Wisconsin's Digital Library.