Your Library Card – How do I access eBooks and eAudiobooks?

Library Card Blog Header - Libby.pngYour library card can grant you access to thousand of physical items in our library or through Evergreen Indiana, but there are also thousands of ways to access digital eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines through apps such as Libby or Overdrive.

Why should I use Libby?

Libby is one of the easiest reading and listening apps around! It only takes minutes to set up and connect to your library card, and you’ll be set to begin checking out your favorite items!

If you have any interest in more information or questions on how to use Overdrive, contact us or stop in!

While Libby is not available on Kindle Fire devices just yet, but until it is, Kindle Fire users can access our downloadable eBooks and audiobooks in the Overdrive App.

How do I get started?

libby1.) Download the Libby app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Store.

2.) Click on the app once downloaded and follow the prompts. You’ll select that your library is Eckhart Public Library, and use the library card number on the back of your card and the four digit pin you created when you got your library card to sign on.

3.) Along the bottom of the App, you’ll see three main buttons you’ll use most often: Library, a large circle, and Shelf. Choosing Library helps you explore everything our digital library has to offer. You can also use the search function to find specific titles. The Shelf takes you back to your current loans for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines, as well as the current items you have on hold. Finally, the large circle button (which will usually be filled with the cover of your current read) will jump you right back into the digital item you are reading or listening to.

4.) When exploring the library, you can click on any title to see more information on the title. When you find an item you are interested in checking out, it will either show up with a button saying “Borrow” or “Place Hold”. Items that say “Borrow” are available to download and begin reading, while items saying “Place Hold” let you know that you can request the item, but it might take a few weeks to be available. There is usually an estimate of how long your wait may be. The best part of placing holds on Libby is that the title will automatically download for you once it is available (this feature can be turned off in the settings).

kindle-1867751_19205.) Once you have an item you’re ready to begin reading or listening to, click on Shelf and select “Open Book”, “Play Audiobook”, or “Open Magazine”. The item can be accessed through the app on any device you have Libby installed on and are logged in with your library card.

6.) When you need anything else with your item, click on “Manage Loan”. Here you can renew your item, return the item, or create tags to save the item with.

It’s that simple! As always, if you have any issues with the Libby App, whether its getting started or having issues with a download, stop in and see us. Our staff will do our best to help you figure out how to get up and running!

 

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About Kaylee

Hello all! I am the Marketing Specialist at Eckhart Public Library, and do lots of fun work on our social media, posting blogs, and writing weekly emails. I can also be seen at the Auburn Plaza Temporary Location and Teen Library.
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