Originally Posted by pwjone1
Seems like giving copies of the book to third parties without the permission of the copyright holder would be the definition of what a library does, normally. Library has copies it has purchased, it loans them to library members. These would still be purchased (or donated) books, legitimately owned by the library, there's no additional number of copies being created or loaned.
Copyright law isn't involved when a library loans someone a copy of a paper book, because no additional copies of the book are being created. When a library loans an eBook, additional copies are, by definition, involved, which is why copyrighted eBooks can only be lent with the specific permission of the copyright holder - those who have signed up with Overdrive (or whatever other library provider is being used.)