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Libraries Team Up to Expand Reading Through Ebooks and E-audiobooks

By Reading Public Library & Wyomissing Public Library

Aug 06, 2020

READING, Pa. – As people increasingly read and listen to books on their smartphone or tablet, they’re discovering one of the best resources is their local public library. Residents of Berks County can now access an even wider selection of popular digital ebooks and audiobooks free from both Reading Public Library and Wyomissing Public Library. With a valid card from either library, community members can borrow from both Reading Public Library and Wyomissing Public Library’s digital collections by downloading Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive. Readers can also visit the libraries’ websites at https://reading.overdrive.com/ and https://wyopublib.overdrive.com/.

“Providing free online digital resources is more important than ever, said Bronwen Gamble, Executive Director at Reading Public Library. “Our eMedia circulation rose by 65% since April and we are pleased to partner with the Wyomissing Public Library to bring a wider array of materials to our communities.”

Colleen Stamm, Wyomissing Public Library Director, added, “The Wyomissing Public Library is so excited to be able to partner with the Reading Public Library in this new venture. We have offered OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to our patrons since 2013, and we look forward to expanding and sharing our resources with library patrons throughout Berks County.”

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with Reading Public Library and Wyomissing Public Library’s digital collections. These tailored collections offer ebooks and audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. 

Readers may browse both Reading Public Library and Wyomissing Public Library’s digital collections, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To get started enjoying ebooks, audiobooks and more, visit https://reading.overdrive.com/ and https://wyopublib.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today.

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