Tuesday Tip: Free Audio Books Through Your Local Library

By: Courtney Rose

Summer officially began on 6/21, and hopefully, you’re spending time relaxing by the water enjoying the weather. Typically, people like to have a book to read during their vacation, so if you’re in search of a great audiobook or digital book to lounge and listen (or read), you should first try your local library.

There are paid apps like Audible that allow you to download audiobooks to listen to, but if you already have a library card, it’s possible many of those books are available to check out for free through two apps called Libby and OverDrive. Both apps allow you the ability to enter your local library card information or student ID card information and get set up to check out books, set up a wishlist, and also send a request to your library for books you want but aren’t listed. The difference between the Libby and OverDrive app are mainly in the design and your personal preference in navigating the app. You may prefer one to read with, and the other to use for audiobooks. Both apps serve the same function in that they can be used to check out books from your library in digital or audio format. The Libby and Overdrive apps are available for multiple devices, such as Android, iPhone, iPods/iPads, Kindle and Nook. The best thing about these apps is you can download the files for use offline; you do not need to stream the content as you consume it. Both apps have extensive help articles as well as a step by step guide on getting started on the device of your choice. I attempted to set up Libby on my Android, but it advised my library card was expired. You can also apply for a library card in each app as well if you don’t already have one.

If you’ve been meaning to read more, this is a great way to get caught up on the books you’ve been meaning to read.


Courtney Rose

Courtney Rose | Network 1 Consulting

crose@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7641

With multiple years’ experience supporting clients in the IT and telecom industries, Courtney brings her support and knowledge to Network 1’s team, clients and partners.

Network 1 Consulting is a 21-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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  1. Shelly Browne on July 25, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Love our library and the audio books and downloads are great options, for on the go listening. Thanks for the tip on setting up Libby with a separate account! Going on vaca and I always listen to “A Year Down Yonder” as I drive through Illinois and Indiana, harking back to the 1930’s and the ingenious ways Grandma survives with her garden, her shotgun and fearless strength.

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