Libby will soon introduce the following enhancements to how users discover and enjoy magazines:
|One tap to read: When a reader discovers a magazine anywhere in the app, they can open it and start reading with one tap.|
Streamlined access: Instead of appearing alongside eBook and audiobook loans, magazines will be moved to a new dedicated section of the Shelf summary, called the Magazine Rack. From the Magazine Rack, users will see the latest issue of their magazine subscriptions and any other issues they choose to check out.
Easier subscriptions: Users can subscribe to magazines via a new, convenient Subscribe option from magazine search results and title details pages. When a new issue is released, it will automatically be added to the user’s Magazine Rack.
Improved discovery: From the Magazine Rack, users can navigate to the Newsstand, a new view of a user’s recently opened issues and other popular magazine titles in your collection.
Hope these changes roll out soon, because they all sound GREAT!
–Heather Auman, Western Allegheny Community Library
It’s that time of year again where avid gardeners are planning out their summer designs. Did you know that Libby and Hoopla has a large collection of Gardening materials?
Next time a patron asks for gardening books, don’t forget to check out the e-resources and all they have available!
Gabi – Robinson Library
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?
Enter the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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.”
This would be a great time to mention a user can load several library cards onto their Libby account. My most recent and favorite success is South to America by Imani Perry. Recommended by a coworker, I was disappointed to see the waitlist extending into the double-digit number of weeks. But, with my handy-dandy Free Library of Philadelphia card, all was not lost:
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 email@example.com if you have any issues getting a Philadelphia card or want to swap tricks.
Cameron R.S. Smith – Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Have you recently been stumped by something really simple?
Take Libby — so straightforward compared to the Overdrive app.
Heck if I could find my reading history, though.
Maybe because I haven’t had to click around 500 times to find the book I just borrowed; maybe because it is so simple to just start reading; maybe because Libby keeps it simple and ALL activity (current loans, returns, and holds) is in one place. I think I was looking for the word ‘history’ and missed the word ‘activity’ altogether.
For your READING HISTORY in Libby,
- Shelf (lower right)
- Activity (top menu bar)
- Ta-da — hiding in plain sight.
- Choose the circle with three dots inside to stop or start recording your history or to clear your entire history.
— Christy Barowich, Carnegie Library of McKeesport