The State of Ebooks in Academic Libraries: 2022

Sponsored by Overdrive Academic

A survey and analysis that examines the current environment of ebooks in academic libraries and updates data collected in 2020

Read how libraries are continuing the pivot toward a growing array of digital resources.

Ebooks are now a major, established component of academic library collections. This study, conducted through a collaboration between OverDrive Academic and Choice, provides a current snapshot of the growth of ebooks and audiobooks as components of digital collections. The report, based on a recent survey, quantifies budgeting issues, audience priorities, subject area allocations, and more as they relate to collection development practices. Digital books remain an essential piece of academic library collections—one that is growing, as this new survey reveals.

About OverDrive Academic
OverDrive Academic offers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, video, interactive instruction and databases for college and university libraries worldwide. With the Libby reading app, named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade and the popular streaming video app Kanopy, we help extend the library to support students’ academic needs and provide easy access to leisure reading anytime, anywhere on every
major device.