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Library system features e-books, audiobooks

By Staff | Jul 14, 2020

Lee County residents can access a wide selection of digital e-books and audiobooks from the Lee County Library System. Library cardholders can borrow from the digital collection by visiting lcls.overdrive.com or downloading Libby, the award-winning, one-tap reading app by OverDrive.

“The Lee County Library System is pleased to provide this resource to our customers, as well as these training opportunities to successfully use it,” Lee County Library System Director Mindi Simon said.

The library system is hosting four virtual demonstrations on July 15 to learn how to get started borrowing e-books and audiobooks using Libby. “OverDrive Training: Getting Started with Libby” will be held at 9 and 9:30 a.m., along with “Advanced OverDrive Training: Libby for Experienced Users” at 10 and 10:30 a.m. To register for a session, visit the calendar at leelibrary.librarymarket.com.

The sessions will be recorded and made available for viewing on demand.

Topics to be covered include: finding your library and signing in, navigating the app, browsing and searching for titles, borrowing titles and placing holds, managing holds and notifications, tagging titles, switching between libraries and more.

Patrons can create free accounts through OverDrive to find thousands of items in digital format. Lee County Library System account holders may check out up to 20 items at a time through the app.

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, Libby connects first-time users and experienced readers with the library system’s digital collection. It offers e-books and audiobooks including best-sellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.

With the library system’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listen for free with a valid library card. The service is compatible with all major computers and devices, without wait lists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle.” All titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period with no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

For more information, call 239-479-INFO (4636) or visit www.leelibrary.net.