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E-Book Lending Project

The E-Book Lending Project (ELP) was created to fulfill a vision for ATLA libraries to purchase to permanently own e-books (not license access to them through a distributor or aggregator) for our circulating collections. 

The libraries in this project are grateful for the support of all publishers who agree to participate in this new adventure, especially those who joined us in the beginning.

Unique Value to Libraries and Publishers

First, the OdiloTID platform uses an industry-standard Adobe Content Server to securely lend e-books to authorized users. The flexibility and simplicity of the acquisition process allow publishers with a variety of technological resources to sell e-books to libraries. This provides opportunities for publishers to participate who may or may not be able to sell on major aggregate platforms. One publisher commented that the “simplicity of procedures and clarity of profit margins” of this model is attractive.

Second, in a similar fashion to print book purchasing, libraries purchase specific e-books for their own collections usually allowing one simultaneous user for each copy purchased. Our publishers have agreed to allow libraries to share their collections with the other libraries. Some publishers have even agreed to offer unlimited, concurrent use to the purchasing library.  

Leadership Team

  • Project Leader & Publisher Liaison – Donna R. Campbell, Technical Services & Systems Librarian, Westminster Theological Seminary

  • Acquisitions & Cataloging – Seeking replacement

  • Publisher Liaison – Garrett Trott, Librarian, Corban University

  • Technology – Steve Michaels, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Western Theological Seminary

  • User Experience – Steve Jamieson, Associate Librarian for Public Services, Covenant Theological Seminary

We welcome new talent and expertise in the following areas: cataloging processes; technology troubleshooting; publisher relations; assessing platform functionality for effectiveness and enhancement needs; surveying the landscape for trends in e-books, copyright law, lending platforms, etc.


  1. Develop publisher relations and agreements.
  2. Recruit new libraries.
  3. Maintain a high-quality shared catalog.
  4. Keep abreast of DRM and copyright legislation changes.


The ELP discussion list,, will be used for activity reporting, recruiting, and gathering/sharing of e-book related information and news. Subscription is open to any ATLA members interested in following the project. Subscription requests by non-ATLA members are welcomed and subject to approval. Please contact to be added to this discussion list.

Libraries who are on the platform correspond in-house via email with relevant groups (e.g., Acquisitions & Cataloging). Designated Publisher Contacts correspond via email with publishers for ordering e-books.


Participation in the ELP is primarily designed for ATLA member libraries. Due to copyright restrictions, libraries must be located in North America. ATLA members are encouraged to contact the Project Leader or Team Leaders if interested in assisting and/or consulting with this project. For fee schedule, FAQ, and action steps to join, please see the 2019 Brochure