The content access levels tool lets you control which types of users can view certain titles in your digital collection. It's designed to let you manage access to titles based on each title's age appropriateness.

How to enable the content access levels tool

If you've never used content restrictions on your OverDrive website, you'll need to contact your Account Manager (whose contact information is listed under the Marketplace Support tab) to enable the tool and set default access levels for your site.

Once the tool is enabled, staff members will need the "Content access levels" permission to access Content access levels from the Admin tab.

Your library's default access levels (set by your Account Manager) appear on the Content access levels home page. To adjust the default access levels, contact your Account Manager.

Important notes about content access levels

  • Because this tool is designed to restrict access to titles based on age-appropriateness, you can never remove "Adult" access to titles.
  • Advantage accounts have their own default content access levels, and can manage access levels for any titles they've added to their Advantage collection (including titles not in the consortium collection and titles in the consortium collection for which they've purchased additional copies). Content access levels assigned by the Advantage account will only affect their end users.
  • A title's content access levels, which are assigned by you, may be different from the title's audience, which is assigned in its metadata.
  • In the Libby app, users will be able to see all titles in your digital collection, regardless of content access levels. If a user tries to borrow a book that's restricted by content access level, the checkout won't be completed, and the user will get an error message.

Example scenarios for setting content access levels

  • A school might make its whole digital collection available to only high school ("adult") students by default, and then use the content access levels tool to allow access to a subset of titles for middle school ("young adult") students and a smaller subset of titles for elementary school ("juvenile") students.
  • A public library might make its whole digital collection available to all users by default, and then use the content access levels tool to remove access to erotic literature titles for juvenile users.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2018 04:57PM EDT