Briefly Noted

Libby, the free audiobook app from your library

By Katherine Rogers

The age of smartphones has led to the introduction of subscription services for just about everything. Bibliophiles who are on the go are likely familiar with services such as Audible. A subscription with them ($15/ month) will get you an audiobook a month that you can listen to whenever, with options to buy more credits for more books that you get to keep.

However, for many, especially those on a budget, it’s just not worth it for a book you’re likely to only listen to once. Which is where Libby comes in.

Created by OverDrive, Libby is a free app that connects to your local library to give you access to the library’s database of audiobooks.

You can easily sample books before you decide to check them out. Download them for off-line listening, or stream them to save space. Graphic novels come with zoomable art.

The app is compatible with most libraries in Utah. All you need to do is put in your library card number, then you can check out thousands of audiobooks on your smartphone and tablet. (If you don’t have your card, a librarian can help you locate your number via a valid i.d.)

The loans work like checking out a physical book. The libraries only have access to a certain number of copies, so you can check out the audiobook only if there is one available (but you can also join a waitlist). You have a due date for the audiobook and a certain number of renewals available.

Libby is cute, easy to use and a great way to stay connected to your local library.

This article was originally published on September 1, 2019.