Actually, Libby is only my BFF somedays. Other days it’s not so pleasant. Do you know Libby?
Libby is here for me during early mornings when I’m sipping my coffee. Libby is here when I get 5 minutes to sit down and relax and Libby hops in bed with me most nights when Hubby is away.
Calm down, calm down. Libby is just an app. Libby is the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library e-reader app. Almost a year ago I was complaining about the price of audiobooks and someone kindly pointed me in the direction of NLPL— where everything is free. I. Love. Free. I have all the titles of books I’m looking for and a huge audiobook selection at the tip of my fingers— for free!
So let’s get to the days when Libby and I aren’t getting along. Almost *every* book title I’ve searched for is “on hold”- some up to 6 months. It is a library afterall. There are only so many copies of books to borrow and once they’re all used up, you sit back and enjoy the waitlist. Sometimes the waitlist moves super fast and you get a sweet little notification but other times it drags on and on for months. A little patience is needed with Libby.
Keeping in mind that this is a library, you only get to checkout your book for so many days. Once you get down to the last 2-3 days of your borrowing time, you can extend that for another round if you need to. You can’t renew it until it’s almost due, so you have to watch closely. Watching closely isn’t a strong area of mine; there has been many books returned without me knowing. But for you more organized people with functioning brains, this shouldn’t be a major concern.
Oh but Vanessa, I don’t read book. *insert eye roll* It’s ok my friend, with your NLPL card you can also get full access to pretty well every magazine subscription under the sun. FOR FREE! PressReader is the app for you if you’re into magazines- and I’m serious about almost every magazine title is on there. Plus newspapers (people still read those, right?). Right now my PressReader is full of sewing magazines. I have them set to auto download. Each month when a new magazine comes out from the titles I’ve chosen, it automatically downloads to my app for my wild Friday nights of magazine reading.
Check it out! All you need is a NLPL card from your local branch (myself and both girls have ours) and you’re ready to go. If you’re not in NL, I’m sure your public library system has the same setup, just check it out.