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App Used by Garland Library Among Google's Best!

Each year Google recognizes a select number of apps in the Google Play store, deeming them the best of the best. This year, Libby, the downloadable books app that Garland Library patrons are using to access titles like Dan Brown’s Origin, John Grisham’s Rooster Bar, and R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, received the honor.

Libby is the new “one-tap reading app” from OverDrive, one of the principal digital distributors of e-books and audio books to libraries. Google categorized Libby as one of the “Best Hidden Gem” apps, and stated, “The joys of the library (free reading and endless possibilities!) meet the convenience of the digital age in Libby. Borrow media from your local library, then dive in with an in-app ebook reader and audiobook player.”

The app was released in early 2017 and has been used by hundred of thousands of public library users this year.

Garland citizens can download the award-winning Libby app from Google Play or the App Store and start downloading books from their public library with a Garland library card and PIN. The Library offers a collection of almost 55,000 e-books and audio books, all of which can be borrowed for free through Libby.

Instructions for using Libby are available on the Library’s online portal. For more information about Libby or downloadable library books, please visit Library.GarlandTX.gov or call 972-205-2501.