By Ashley Snodgrass, Executive Account Manager
The single greatest improvement to libraries in the last few years, is the addition of digital libraries. Digital libraries allow you to check out eBooks and audiobooks online, which enables you to easily read and return books. If this sounds like a hassle, it is not. It is much easier than you think – easier than actually driving down to the library, actually. Additionally, in many communities, libraries are still closed but through digital libraries, you can still access new content from the comfort of your own smartphone.
If you have a library card, you can easily access this resource through an app called Libby. (Note: some libraries don’t require library cards, you can learn more about that at this link). Through Libby, you can download eBooks and audiobooks to your smartphone for free. It works a lot like a regular library – with only a certain number of copies available, and a due date when the content will expire. For popular titles that are currently checked out, you can place a hold on the book, just like the in-person library. I recommend sorting by available books, and be sure to set your search preference to eBooks or audiobooks. You can also sort by genre, search by author or scan through Librarian recommendation. Whether you’re looking for a book on leadership, teamwork, a biography, or even Harry Potter, I am confident there is something for everyone at the library… even digitally.