Meet Libby: the quickest and easiest way to access digital library content from anywhere in the world.

October 10, 2018


While our extensive digital collection (audiobooks and eBooks) is readily accessible via the RBDigital platform, it behooves us to remind you of other avenues to satisfy your quest for titles.  One such platform is called Libby, by OverDrive.


Libby has a built in reader and simple audiobook player that you can use to sign in to multiple “participating” libraries, with one or more cards for each library. If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your books to it. All of your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf and you’re able to download eBooks and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.


These are just examples of what the Libby app offers. It is available for download on the Apple Store; you can get it on Google Play or get it from Microsoft.


One such “participating” library is The Free Library of Philadelphia.


As noted in Wikipedia, The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system that serves Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the 13th-largest public library system in the United States. Unique among public libraries in the United States, it is neither a city agency nor a nonprofit organization; instead, it is governed by both an independent city agency managed by its own board of directors and a separate nonprofit organization, The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.


A Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. In addition, anyone who lives in the state of Pennsylvania can obtain a Free Library card without charge. A card is available instantly if you do it on-line.


The combined usage of Libby and The Free Library of Philadelphia extends your options borrowing options: 28,985 eBooks & 6,212 audiobooks. Once you have Libby installed on your device, you will find options to add additional libraries across the United States.


On a side note, if you’re not already aware, The Library of Congress announced (in 2017) the largest release of digital records in its history. It will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public to download.


Prior to this, the records—which include books and serials, music and manuscripts, and maps and visual materials spanning from 1968 to 2014—have only been accessible through a paid subscription. These files are available for free download on their site:


You can find more information on Libby, by OverDrive at

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