You got a library card but can’t make it to the library?
There’s an app for that, depending on your library and what app they have partnered with.
The two apps that I will tell you about work the same, but depending on your library determines which you can use.
RB digital is the app my library switched to, for whatever reason. Within the app you can check out current magazine issues, ebooks, and audiobooks. For things that are checked out (such as new and popular books), you can place a hold on the book/magazine or add it to your wishlist. New and Popular books seem to always be checked out.
The Menu in the RB Digital app will appear on the left hand side like as it is here. There is the home screen, books (to search audiobooks or ebooks), Magazines (to search magazines), Checked out (where all your books/magazines on loan will be located), My account (where your wish list & holds are locaHelp and logout.
Under My Account, There is a set of lists you can look through such as your wishlist, holds, history, and recommendations – based on what you check out. Currently I have 27 items on my holds.
Under Settings, you can pick you genre preferences for audiobooks and ebooks, which will help the app recommend you books.
When you place a book on hold, the app will tell you where you are in the line of the holds. Currently, I am 4th in line for Americanah. I really want to read this book soon since it is one of the books The Great American Read has chosen on its list.
Libby was the first app my library had partnered with and I loved it. I could download books, magazines, and audio. There was also a book of the month that you could read and a discussion board for the book via Big Library Read – which I loved. I don’t know why the Library switched, but I wish the RB Digital App had the book of the month.
Since my library switched apps, none of library books show up now that my account is invalid.
Shelf, on the lower right hand side of the app, is where your checked out books would appear.
Libby is set up similar to RB Digital in that you have loans and holds.
The Activity Timeline shows all the actions you’ve done in the app so far such as check out books, return books, place a hold on books, etc.
Big Library Read partnered with Libby to be the first global ebook club through the library. By library, they mean Libby – which is leaving out hundreds if not thousands of other library patrons. Plus, they don’t have a separate app. If they truly wanted to be the first global ebook club, shouldn’t they have their own app?
Also, the discussion board on Big Library Read Discussion board is closed – which makes no sense as people like to read posts and respond to other posts.
According to their website, the next book that they chose will not be available until July 9. Which means users of Libby will have to wait TWO months for a book. I’ll check the website to see what the book is in two months and see if I can get it from my rb digital app. I dont know if I can still log in the discussion board and I can’t find out until July. So, I’ll wait.
What about my personal book library?
There’s a free app for that tooo!
Libib is a free home library cataloging system. All you got to do is make an account, name your library and start scanning the book! It helps me keep track of what books I own so that way I do not pick up extra copies of things. At one point I had 3 copies of The Diary of A Young Girl.
The best thing about the app is that you can add different libraries such as your movie collection, video games, and music.
Above you’ll see how the library looks if you choose to sort the library by Title, it goes in alphabetical order.
Above on the left, this is how the book looks if you click on the Title in the app. I added this book by scanning the bar code and all the information auto-populated in the app.
Above on the right is all the options that Libib gives you to edit the book in the catalog. Status, rating, tags, notes, groups, copies, review, move, and edit are all things you can do to each book (or movie..etc).
For example, the Status of the book includes: not begun, in progress, abandoned, and completed. The app makes it easy to keep track of where you are in a book.
There are two ways to add books to the library. You can either scan the barcode in or you can type in the information manually. Above is what Libib looks like when you fill out the information manually, before and after. Obviously, scanning in the book is easier.
What library apps do you use? Let me know in the comments below.