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OverDrive Introduces New Features for Holds

OverDrive added two new features that are designed to help patrons borrow in-demand titles from a library’s collection: automatic borrowing and hold suspension.

Users now have the option to turn on automatic borrowing for titles they’ve placed on hold so that they can receive items as soon as they become available. This update enables libraries to fill more holds, which will increase circulations for digital items.

With the hold suspension option, users can now choose to suspend a hold while still moving up on the waiting list for that item. If a user is close to the top of the waiting list for a popular title but is not yet ready to borrow it (e.g., if he’s still reading another book), he can opt to pause the hold until he’s ready to resume his position on the waiting list. (The title will go to the next user in line until the suspension period is over.)

Source: OverDrive

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