The eLibrary can be your one stop shop for lots of resources from the POWER Library – job hunting, ebooks (on a wide variety of topics), language learning, and genealogy research just to name a few. If you want to do a deeper dive into what some of these exciting new resources from POWER Library have to offer stop in or call your local library to learn more!
The Libby App is now available for YOU, TOO! Libby gives you free access to thousand of eBooks, Audiobooks, and magazines from your library. Going forward, users with Amazon Fire tablets can download Libby directly from the Amazon Appstore instead of manually sideloading the app.
Note that the classic OverDrive app has now been completely removed from the Amazon Appstore as of June 7. Fire tablet users who already have the OverDrive app installed can continue to use it for now, but we encourage you to make the upgrade! Libby is more user-friendly and has a ton of features not available in the classic app, including requesting titles not yet in the library’s collection through “Notify Me” tags.
And now for the fine print: If you are a Kindle Fire user who previously had the Libby app through a “side load” APK, you can continue to use that version. However if you would like to switch to the official version of the app, you can download it and from your Amazon Appstore and log in with your library card. Note that if you switch from the APK version to the Amazon version of Libby, you may lose your Libby timeline activity, search history, and app customizations. You will not lose your loans, holds, or tags.
This week is more of a life improvement tip than a professional pick-me-up. As (most of us, I assume) are residents of the wonderful Allegheny County, we are entitled to a lot of electronic library resources—particularly the titles available in Libby. Despite the best efforts of the DRC, some titles are simply too popular, and waitlists can sometimes extend into weeks and months. Sure, you could just find another book to listen to/read, but wouldn’t it be nice to have even more options for borrowing?
But wait—we do not live in Philadelphia, how is this relevant? To answer, I would like to emphasize this paragraph from the Free Library’s website:
“A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge.”
The process for getting the card was simple and painless, and you can get started HERE. Because I am not a Philadelphia resident, the approval took a little longer (a few days) than for a typical Philly-dweller. Having two large libraries’ worth of electronic resources is proving a vast quality of life improvement.
I am curious if you have any hacks you have learned over your years in the greater PA library system! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues getting a Philadelphia card or want to swap tricks.
Cameron R.S. Smith – Cooper-Siegel Community Library