Updated: Apr 1
Visiting libraries amid a pandemic is not a good idea but that doesn't mean everyone has to order books from Amazon. Overdrive is a digital library system that many local libraries utilize. This means that, if you have a library card, you may still be able to borrow books. Continue reading for details, I'll use our home state of Oklahoma as the example.
Step 1: Find your library
Following this link: https://www.overdrive.com/account/select-library to see if your library has partnered with Overdrive.
Step 2: Sign in
Select your library, enter your library card, and possibly your pin number. You may need to call your local library to get a pin number. Don't have library card? Some libraries will let you sign up online. Be sure to verify your email.
Step 3: Download the Libby App or Sora App for students
The Libby and Sora apps can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, chromebook, or laptop. Within the app both text and audio books can be checked out and read or listened to. You may also choose to deliver books to your Kindle account.
Although these are ebooks and audio books it is still a loaner library system and this means that there are limited copies of books available. If you see a calendar icon next to the book title you're interested in you can place a hold on the book. The app will tell you approximately when the book will be available. Read more about holds here.
Step 4: Enjoy your book!
Read or listen to your book and when you're finished click return to give it back. Beware that the loans are for a limited time.
NY Public Library Free e-books
Another option is downloading the SimplyE app and downloading books from the NY Public Library. Learn more about that here: https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral