Did you know that your library offers a variety of apps that can help maximize your library experience? From requesting items, to keeping track of what you’ve read – these apps can help you to have a great experience at your library! All of these apps are free for use – and any e-books and other items you can access through these apps are free as well. Have fun exploring what your library has to offer – and ask a librarian if you have any questions!

 

BookMyne – requesting books and checking your account

This app, which can be added on your phone or mobile device, lets you do a whole lot! You can check to see what items are out on your account, renew items, update your account information, and even request items. This app allows you to search for items throughout the Arrowhead Region. The app even has a handy feature that shows you the latest New York Times Bestseller list for books, e-books, and children’s books.

This app requires you to log in with your library card number, so it is a good idea to have your card handy when downloading it. It also requires your library pin number, which is usually the  last four digits of your phone number. If you don’t know your pin number, or have other questions, visit the library and talk to a librarian!

Beanstack – keep track of books you’ve read and join reading programs for adults and kids

This app is great for keeping track of books you’ve read, and also for participating in reading programs at your library! Beanstack (a program developed by a company called Zoobean) is the new online tracking software the Virginia Public Library uses to run reading programs (and reward readers with prizes)! This app (and website) will be available throughout the year – not just during reading programs.

To use this app you first have to sign up on the library’s website (click here), or you can visit the library and talk to one of our librarians to help you sign up. If you have questions about how to use the app, or questions about our reading programs, please visit us and talk to a librarian – we’d be happy to help!

Overdrive and Libby – e-books and e-audio books for free on your devices

Did you know that you can get e-books and e-audio books from your library, for free? These online books can be accessed through use of the Overdrive app (for all devices) and the Libby app (not available on Kindle). Both these apps do the same thing – you can download books to read or listen on your mobile devices! These items return themselves, so you don’t have to worry about returning them on time. These e-services are also great for people who need larger print, as you can expand the text size to fit your needs.

To sign up for Overdrive or Libby you need to log in with your library card number, so it is a good idea to have your card handy when downloading it. It also requires your library pin number, which is usually the  last four digits of your phone number. If you don’t know your pin number, or have other questions, visit the library and talk to a librarian!

RBdigital – e-magazines for free on your devices

RBdigital is the same as Overdrive and Libby, except instead of books and audio books, you can download free magazines! These magazines can be downloaded to your mobile device to read, and these items return themselves for you. These items return themselves, so you don’t have to worry about returning them on time. As a nice bonus feature, anyone can download the magazines at any time, so there are no hold lists. There are also some e-audio books available through this app as well!

To use this app you first have to sign up on the RBdigital website, or you can visit the library and talk to one of our librarians to help you sign up. To sign up for RBdigital you need to log in with your library card number, so it is a good idea to have your card handy when downloading it. You will also need to create a username and password. If you have other questions, visit the library and talk to a librarian!