Legal eBook lending is closer than you think. There was an announcement last week from the US arm of LexisNexis about their new partnership with Overdrive. Information Today has a good overview of what this means for the industry.
The LexisNexis Digital Library offers access to LexisNexis’ growing collection of more than 1,100 ebooks through OverDrive. That means, like my public library, a subscribing law library is able to acquire Lexis ebook titles, and “lend” each of them to a patron at a time. The library sets its own checkout and renewal terms. When a patron “returns” the title, then another patron can check it out. The patron doesn’t even have to bring the ebook back to the library, for as the press release points out, “each eBook title has a check out expiration deadline that automatically returns it to the library for use by others.” Is there a waiting list for a title? The library can buy multiple ebook copies to meet a greater demand.
A complete list of available titles is available for download. There are no Canadian titles on the list.