Even with this growing use of digital materials, physical items are still checked out an average of five times more often than digital items. In fiscal year 2016 the San Antonio Public Library lent over 7.3 million total items.
OverDrive has also released a new digital reading app that makes checking out and using digital materials even easier. The free app, called Libby, features a fresh, modern, and simple look, and only requires a library card number and a few taps on your screen to enjoy any one of the thousands of titles available in the San Antonio Public Library’s collection. Libby also allows readers to download eBooks and audiobooks for offline viewing, or stream through the Internet to save space. The app features Your Shelf, where items borrowed and on hold can easily be viewed.
The most exciting new feature for the Libby app is that users who have not yet signed up for a San Antonio Public Library card can now sign up using a mobile phone number. Simply download the Libby app, choose “Get Started” and enter your full name and phone number. The information submitted will be used to confirm the mobile phone number and verify that the address entered is in the San Antonio Public Library’s service area. Once confirmed, the digital library card will be good for one full year and provide access to the Library’s entire digital collection. Want to check out books, movies or other physical items? Visit any San Antonio Public Library location and sign up for an all-access card.
Libby is available for download on the App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store. Visit meet.libbyapp.com for more information about Libby, including how-to videos and frequently asked questions.
Like OverDrive, the San Antonio Public Library continues to adopt new and innovative ways of providing resources to the community. Visit mysapl.org/digital for more information about the Digital Library at the San Antonio Public Library.