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Information for Libraries: cloudLibrary eBooks & Audiobooks

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Important cloudLibrary Update

The cloudLibrary service was discontinued on May 17, 2021.  Digital content services have migrated to the Wyoming Virtual Library using Overdrive and Libby.  

See the Transition Timeline below for more details.  Find more about Overdrive, including links to training and marketing materials on the Overdrive tab under 'Digital Content' above or click here.

cloudLibrary to Overdrive Timeline Details

Transition timeline (dates subject to change)

March 2021

  • March 15-31
    • Patron notification & publicity
    • Reduction in checkouts & holds allowed
    • Content removed from WYLDcat (Enterprise and mobile app)
  • March 31
    • No new purchases in cloudLibrary after this date, cloudLibrary stock report sent to Overdrive


April 2021

  • April 1-30
    • Further reductions in checkouts & holds allowed
    • Libraries remove links to cloudLibrary from local websites


May 2021

  • May 1
    • No new checkouts allowed, patrons can continue using already checked out materials
  • May 10 - 14
    • Community college libraries join Overdrive group
  • May 17th
    • Content transfer completed
    • Access to cloudLibrary ceases
  • May 31 - cloudLibrary contract ends


July 2021

  • Campbell County Library & University of Wyoming join Overdrive consortium


cloudLibrary Usage Statistics - Current

Tracking Audio checkouts begins with FY21.  No library detail is available for format type at this time.

Year Month FY Checkouts eBook Checkouts eAudio Total Checkouts Active Users
2020 July 21 11,543    921 12,464


2020 Aug 21 11,179  1,637 12,816 2,906
2020 Sept 21 10,652  4,459 15,111 3,601
2020 Oct 21 11,441  8,802 20,243 4,080
2020 Nov 21 11,927  8,885 20,812 4,181
2020 Dec 21 13,365  9,219 22,584 4,266
2021 Jan 21 14,091 10,568 24,659 4,615
2021 Feb 21 12,759  9,489 22,248 4,430
2021 Mar 21 13,295  9,832 23,127 4,383
2021 Apr 21   9,669  7,654 17,323 3,708
2021 May 21   3,674  3,062   6,736 2,278
Total FYTD   123,595 74,528 198,123  

About cloudLibrary eBooks & Audiobooks

Cloud LibraryThe cloudLibrary was a shared ebook & audiobook collection available to all Wyoming citizens with a WYLD library card. 

The cloudLibrary service began in July 2012 and ceased in May 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did the digital library program move to Overdrive?
All public libraries and the community colleges in the WYLD consortium now have access to Overdrive/Libby for their patrons.  The cloudLibrary duplicated an existing service. In addition, Overdrive offers several simultaneous use options for licensing that were not available through the cloudLibrary.

How were patrons notified?
Patrons were notified about this change in a variety of ways including in-app notification, social media, and other channels of communication.  Information about the change will be posted on the digital content pages in GoWYLD as well. Due to Bibliotheca's privacy policy, the company could not share user emails with us and there were a significant number of library cards that did not include email addresses, so we determined that email messaging would not be effective.

What happened to patron data?
When setting up the cloudLibrary apps, patrons agreed to the company's End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).  The app also provided a link to the company's privacy policy and terms of use (TOU).  When agreeing to the EULA, users agreed to allow the company to retain data for up to 7 years.  Patrons may request that any data associated with their library card be anonymized by emailing and making that request on an individual basis.  The subject line should contain "Cloud Library Privacy Policy" and the patron should include the library card number associated with their cloudLibrary account.

Any data stored locally on a patron's device will be removed when the app is uninstalled.

Patron apps policies are linked below for convenience.

cloudLibrary Usage Summaries

All Libraries - Summary by FY
Fiscal Year Total Checkouts Unique Users
FY20 123,559 7,299
FY19 107,246 6,372
FY18 103,197 6,488
FY17 105,876 6,537


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