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Centralia Library patrons to benefit from State Library Grant expanding eBooks, audiobooks access

Posted on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6:15 am

As part of a Missouri State Library grant program, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that Amigos Library Services, which operates the Missouri Libraries 2 Go (MOLIB2GO) digital eBook and audiobook access program for 106 Missouri libraries, was awarded $74,000 to expand access. Centralia Public Library is a member of this consortium, which offers digital access to educational, informational, and recreational items to library patrons.

“Early on, as libraries were closing due to the coronavirus, we immediately recognized that demand for eBooks and similar resources would increase rapidly – and, because of its convenience, that the demand may never subside,” Ashcroft said. “State library staff worked quickly to make these funds available to Amigos, which operates MOLIB2GO. Providing digital access to all types of materials to Centralia Public Library patrons has become priority number one.”

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Through Amigos, Centralia Public Library offers eBooks and audiobooks through the OverDrive platform and provides a wide selection of popular materials that patrons can access for free with a library card. With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the digital collection by visiting www.molib2go.org or downloading Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

“We are very excited and grateful for our OverDrive e-materials consortium to have received this grant! It will greatly help reduce hold times on titles, while also adding some new materials to be offered to our patrons. A list of titles & copy numbers was sent to me, showing a total of 992 titles ordered across all age ranges, with 1,869 copies added. (Some titles had large hold lists, therefore multiple copies were ordered.) Patrons should begin to see their wait times shortened, and more titles available to borrow while they’re browsing!” said Leah Smoot of Centralia Public Library.

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 Centralia Public Library’s digital collection. This tailored collection offers ebooks, audiobooks, videos, and magazines, 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 Centralia Public Library’s digital collection, 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™ without waitlists or holds. 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 www.molib2go.org or download Libby today.