Easily Borrow eBooks From Your Library on Your Phone or Tablet

Your local library probably offers eBooks and audio books via Overdrive. OverDrive can be a little complicatedbut the free Libby The app for iPhone, iPad and Android makes it as easy to use as shopping on Amazon.

Assuming your library supports OverDrive, all you have to do is download the Libby app and log in with your library card. Use the official website for check if your library supports OverDrive. Libby is actually manufactured by OverDrive and available under Windows 10.

Once connected with the details of your library card, you can use the Libby app to search for available ebooks and audiobooks. If a book is available, you can view it instantly, download it and read it directly from the Libby app. If another person reads the book and there are no free copies available, you can place a "reservation" as you would for a physical book. Libby will automatically borrow a reserve book as soon as it is available.

The books you have borrowed appear on your "shelf" in Libby. Everything works like a physical book. You can see when the book needs to be repaid and renew your loan if no one else holds it. At the end of your loan period, Libby will automatically return the eBook to the library. If you're done, you can also return a book in advance. This will allow someone to read it without waiting.

All this was possible with OverDrive, but Libby makes it so much more convenient than the old system. Better yet, everything is free – you only need a library card. You can even borrow books from Libby and send them on your Kindle.

Your local library probably offers other free digital resourcesalso including free streaming movies and TV shows, online courses and access to digital newspapers.

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