What’s App With the Library

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What's App with the LibraryThese days, there’s an app for everything, and that includes the library! That means you can tuck the library into your pocket, stash it in your backpack or stow it wherever you keep your digital device. With a few taps, you can read, watch or listen to a nearly endless list of offerings.

The library subscribes to several digital content services on your behalf that you can use for free! The apps for each one will let you read library eBooks and magazines, listen to streaming music or audiobooks, and watch movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet.

As more and more people take advantage of these services, the apps are also improving. Recently, OverDrive introduced a new and improved app called “Libby.” It retains all the same abilities for browsing and borrowing eBooks and audiobooks with many improvements and updates. For now, you can use either the original OverDrive app or switch to Libby. If you’re new to OverDrive, we recommend using the Libby app.

At the end of June, our digital magazine service, Zinio, changed its name to RBdigital. You can still download and read the same magazines and your username and password remain the same. If you have the Zinio app, you’ll be prompted soon to update to the new RBdigital app. Since you will need to migrate to the new app anyway, today isn’t too soon to try it out.

The first step to using these apps is making sure you have an active library card. If you haven’t used your card in two years or longer, you might need to have our staff renew your account or start a new one. If you’ve never had a library card, sign up for one here or at your library or bookmobile.

Lots of other digital resources like research tools and book recommendations are available from the library in your web browser, too. Our recently redesigned site automatically adapts to your screen size so you can navigate it easily, even on a small device.

Not all of us are up on apps, so, if this is Greek to you, take advantage of our free tech help drop-ins and classes. We’ll help you figure it out!

What People are saying about Digital services

“Just discovered Hoopla while looking for an audiobook. Sign-up was easy. Downloaded the app, which went well. Already listening to the exact book I sought on my iPhone. About to take the dog for a walk and will continue listening. Pretty awesome service! Thanks very much.”

“I love the online library. I use it so much to look for books, read reviews and lists, look for new authors to try, and find out what’s happening on the calendar. I never feel that the library is closed because I download eBooks any time of day. Thank you for being such a great library with so many wonderful perks.”

 


 

In total, there are five apps that give you quick access to library materials. Download them from your device’s app store (Apple, Android, Kindle, etc.).

Daniel Boone Regional Library Catalog
Search and browse all our physical items and most digital ones. Place holds, make lists and more.
www.dbrl.org/catalog

Freegal
Stream music, ad-free, for five hours a day and download five songs each week to keep.
www.dbrl.org/freegal

Hoopla
Stream or download audiobooks, eBooks, comics, music, movies and TV shows.
www.dbrl.org/hoopla

OverDrive
Borrow and download eBooks and audiobooks and place holds on titles.
www.dbrl.org/overdrive

RBdigital
Read over 100 popular magazines in your browser or download to your mobile device.
www.dbrl.org/rbdigital