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Your Public Library is More Valuable Than Ever! (Part 1: Digital Media)

Libraries are about much, much more than just print books!

For the next few weeks we’ll be covering some of the reasons why your public library is more valuable than ever, and why your library card is the most valuable thing in your wallet!


This week’s blog: Digital Media.

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With your library card, you have access to a huge amount of digital content FOR FREE! You can use a mobile device (like a smartphone or tablet) to search for and download e-books, audio books, movies, music, magazines, episodes of your favorite TV shows, and more! Here a few of the ways you can do this at the Library:



cloudLibrary offers hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks for use with with mobile devices! Browse the collection from your browser or download the free app to get started. You will need your library card number and PIN to sign in.



Use Hoopla to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having the library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. You will need your library card and a working email address to sign up.



rbDigital from Recorded Books features ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded to a variety of mobile devices.

To get started please click here to register at rbDigital before downloading the free app.


rbDigital Magazines

rbDigital Magazines offers digital versions of many popular magazines. Magazines can be downloaded and viewed on a variety of mobile devices or viewed from the web.

To get started with rbDigital Magazines follow the steps below:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Create New Account” on the top right of the site.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Download the free app to enjoy audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines on your mobile device of choice.


   The New York Times Website

You also have unlimited access to the New York Times website! You can access it on your device by downloading the free app. Click here to find out how to get access through the Library!


So let’s say you wanted to listen to the new audio book for “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. Using a popular audio book service online, you would have to pay almost $15 for a monthly subscription. (Without a subscription, it could cost as much as $25 to buy). Using Hoopla, the same audio book is free to checkout!

Or, let’s say you wanted to read this month’s The Atlantic. A yearly subscription costs about $25. With rbDigital, you can checkout this month’s issue for free, download it, and take it anywhere on your device!


To download any of these free apps, Click Here. 


Leave a comment below if you have any questions! Stay tuned for next week’s installment of “Your Public Library is More Valuable Than Ever!”

-George, FTPL


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