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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Alachua County Library District joined the UF library system in letting patrons checkout items in their underwear.

This week, the county library launched its new online checkout system. Anyone with a library membership can enjoy video, audio and reading material without ever having to leave the house.

Daniel Barden, the technical services administrator for the Alachua County Library District, said the library has had 83 checkouts since the program launched Monday.

"Our digital collections are making some great leaps and bounds," he said.

The library district is working in conjunction with OverDrive, a company that collects and distributes electronic materials.

Barden said those who use the online program will no longer suffer from late fees. When a checkout expires, the title will be automatically placed back in the library's online collection.

Some titles such as language learning programs can also be checked out permanently or burned to a CD.

Music is also available for download. Barden said the collection is primarily jazz and classical music, but he is working with OverDrive to get more popular music, such as rap, hip-hop and pop.

"We're really hoping to appeal to younger people," he said.

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