Easily Borrow eBooks From Your Library on Your Phone or Tablet

Your local library probably offers eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive. OverDrive can be a bit tricky, but the free Libby app for iPhone, iPad and Android makes it as simple and easy to use as buying from Amazon.

Assuming that your library supports OverDrive, all you have to do is download Libby. Application and register with your library card. Use the official website to verify if your library supports OverDrive. Actually, Libby is made by OverDrive and is also available in Windows 10.

After logging in with the details of the library card, you can use the Libby application to search for available e-books and audiobooks. If a book is available, you can instantly view it, download it and read it directly from the Libby application. If someone else is reading the book and there are no free copies available, you can place a "hold" as you would in a physical book. Libby will automatically borrow a withheld book when it becomes available.

The books you borrowed appear on your "shelf" in Libby. Everything works in a similar way to physical books. You can see when the book should be returned and renew your loan if no one else retains it. When the period of your loan expires, Libby will automatically return the electronic book to the library. You can also return a book in advance if you are finished, this will allow another person to read it without waiting.

All this was possible with OverDrive, but Libby makes it much more convenient than the previous system. . Best of all, everything is free; all you need is a library card. You can even borrow books in Libby and send them to your Kindle.

Your local library is also likely to offer other free digital resources, such as movies and TV shows, online courses, and access to free digital newspapers.

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