South Dakota Titles to Go, provided by OverDrive and facilitated by the state library, provides participating public library patrons the ability to download audiobooks and ebooks. Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks are available in a wide variety of popular genres, including bestsellers, fiction, romance, suspense, children's, young adult, business, self-help and language learning. They may be checked out for a period of time, placed on the patron's computer, or transferred to a portable device.

Audiobooks and ebooks are automatically returned when due.

Participating libraries sign participation agreements with OverDrive, which manages all billing and financial aspects directly with the participating library.

How do patrons access the downloadable audiobooks? (Authentication):

OverDrive provides these types of authentication:

  • Authentication incorporated with individual library integrated library systems (ILS) using authentication scheme provided by the library's ILS vendor. Individual libraries may experience additional charges by ILS vendors to set up authentication.
  • Click-through authentication that transfers the patron's session from the individual library catalog to OverDrive.
  • OverDrive's Library Card Manager , in which the individual library uploads patron barcodes for patrons to OverDrive. This method can be used by libraries with or without automation.
  • OverDrive works with multiple barcode schemes. For example, in the case of overlap, patrons could be required to select their home library.

Each participating library can choose the option that works best for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can I use a State Library E-Card to access South Dakota Titles To Go?
Answer: Access to the South Dakota Titles To Go library collection is granted to users through their own local libraries. If your local library is a member of the South Dakota Titles To Go consortium, your local library card will give you access.

Question: What is the State Library's role with South Dakota Titles To Go?
Answer: The State Library is simply a facilitator/organizer for South Dakota Titles To Go Consortium. We do not subscribe/pay a fee to South Dakota Titles To Go.

Question: Is it OverDrive or Libby?
Answer: Overdrive is the global distributor of digital content for libraries and schools. Libby is the library reading app created by OverDrive to use on your iOS, Android, or ereader device. The original OverDrive app is scheduled to be discontinued in 2023.

Question: Why is Overdrive/Libby not letting my patron recommend books?
Answer: Users can recommend 1 title every 30 days.

Cost for Libraries to Join

Each participating public library pays a single annual fee based on population service area (from the most recent ILMS data.). Subscription term is January 1 - December 31. Libraries may sign up anytime. Libraries will "go live" approximately four weeks from sign-up.

The annual fee will be pro-rated if a library joins mid cycle.

Tier Legal Service Area Population Annual Fee
1 Up to 1,500 $600
2 1,501 - 4,000 $1,100
3 4,001 - 10,000 $1,500
4 10,001 - 20,000 $3,000
5 20,001 - 30,000 $4,500
6 30,001 - 100,000 $6,000

Each participating library must complete an OverDrive Participation Form. Public libraries can enroll anytime. Send enrollment forms directly to OverDrive via the contact information below:

Advantage & Advantage Plus

Overdrive Advantage gives libraries the ability to offer popular title exclusively for their patrons. OverDrive Advantage libraries can purchase additional copies of popular titles that are already in the shared collection, as well as titles that are not yet available. There is also a one-time setup fee. Please contact Overdrive's SD Titles To Go account manager for more information.

Advantage Plus allows one to share some or all of the library's Advantage content with the consortium. Which titles that are shared depends upon the settings chosen by the individual Advantage library; libraries must set up Advantage Plus plans in Overdrive Marketplace to share titles. Note that when an eligible title is shared, all copies of the title will be included.

  • Shared titles will still belong to the Advantage member. Users of any library in the shared collection can borrow or place holds on these titles, but Advantage users will have priority for holds.
  • Titles with active checkouts or holds can be shared if the Advantage Plus plan allows it.
  • All reports will show that the shared titles belong to the Advantage member.

Collection Funding and Selection

The South Dakota Titles To Go annual fee includes a platform fee and a content (ebooks and audiobooks) fee.

Individual titles are purchased using the participation fees allocated towards titles. Prices are set by the publisher and vary widely. Ebook prices are usually significantly less than audiobooks. Titles purchased are available to all participating libraries.


At least one staff member from each participating library should belong to the SD Titles To Go listserv. Announcements and general information about the Consortium are shared. Additional staff members from each library are also encouraged to join.

SDTTG Committee

A 5-person volunteer selection committee selects titles. Content is purchased approximately every two weeks. Content budget is typically spent equally on audio and ebooks. All participating libraries may submit title lists to the committee.

Committee Members
Tier Member Term Exp.
1 LeAnn Kaufman,
Freeman Public Library
2 & 3 Melanie Argo
Madison Public Library
4 Dana Schmidt (Chair),
Yankton Community Library
5 & 6 Nita Gill,
Brookings Public Library
At-Large Misti Burns,
Tripp County Public Library
Committee Minutes


Electronic Resources Coordinator

Kim Bonen

1-605-773-3131 (Option 5, 3)