OverDrive libraries across Melbournegeneral
Not everyone is as lucky to live in Singapore and have access to such an amazing OverDrive collection as National Library Board but this does not mean that us living around Melbourne are that unlucky either.
Or, as per December 2020 update, be a Kiwi and have access to The Largest Collection of over 221K ebook titles. Well done City of Aukland, you beat even the Singapore library. If I am not mistaken, based on my statistics, I am pretty sure now Aukland Overdrive Library is the largest in the world.
Melbourne is lucky enough that libraries budget is managed at the city council level giving each group of libraries the power to choose the option they want for the eBooks collection they offer. A significant number of library groups went with OverDrive and being a resident of Victoria does give you the opportunity to sign up with all of these libraries if you wish to.
Below you can find a curated list of libraries with which if you sign up, you get access to their OverDrive collection. Again, every city council will have a different budget and therefore the collection they have will be different, but some of these libraries have a significantly large collection.
As of December 2020:
Eastern Regional Libraries - 62.400+ - erl.overdrive.com
Yarra Plenty Regional Library - 19.900+ titles - yprl.overdrive.com
Boroondara Library Service - 19.600+ titles - boroondara.overdrive.com
Moonee Valley Libraries - 15.000+ titles - mooneevalley.overdrive.com
Whitehorse Manningham Libraries - 12.800+ titles - wml.overdrive.com
Brimbank Libraries - 8.000+ titles - brimbanklibraries.overdrive.com
Greater Dandenong - 8.000+ titles - greaterdandenong.overdrive.com
Port Phillip - 6.500+ titles - portphillip.overdrive.com
Moreland City Libraries - 6.000+ titles - virtualmoreland.overdrive.com
Maribyrnong Library Service - 3.600+ titles - maribyrnong.overdrive.com
Bayside - 2.900+ titles - baysidelibrary.overdrive.com
I find it inconvenient that so many libraries cannot together contribute towards the same goal, of having one large OverDrive account, and I do not understand why there are so many accounts and contracts signed with Rakuten, but I guess this is how politics work and we just have to adapt to it.
If you do know any other OverDrive libraries in the area, please let me know in the comments below.