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AWD Technology Series | Libby for Denver Public Library

*This tutorial is for the Apple iPhone at this time, however the app will work relatively similarly across platforms. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We're all aware of how much technology is changing the way we consume media, but it's not all bad! Audiobooks have taken over in the last few years and while everyone likes the smell of a new book, sometimes convenience, and the ability to take your book with you in your back pocket end up swaying us in the digital direction. The problem with many audiobook or subscription based book rental sites is that they can get really pricey, really quickly. That's where Libby for the Denver Public Library comes in!


In this AWD Technology Series, we will show you step by step ways to use some of the more popular apps that can help make your life easier starting with Libby. Follow along to learn how to download and start renting audiobooks for free today!


Libby can be found and downloaded for free in your app store for either Android or Apple users. The beauty of this service is that your library card is linked directly to your account so you are able to hold, borrow, read and listen to up to 21 books at a time all on your smart phone or kindle device. You can even share books across devices, so no need to worry if you left your kindle at home but are stuck in a doctors office with just your phone. The same book will be there on your app ready to pick up where you left off. Before you get started with our tutorial make sure that you have your library card close by.


Step 1. Open the app store on your smart phone, then click on the search tab and begin typing "libby" into the search bar. When you find the app, press "GET."


Step 2. Click install on the app and it will begin downloading to your phone. Depending on your settings it may ask you for your password. When the app is downloaded, you will see a new icon on your homepage that looks like the image in the middle photo below. Once you click to enter the app you will see the message in the third photo below. Click yes if you have you library card handy and are ready to proceed.


Step 3. Libby will prompt you to choose your library so it knows which branch to hold physical copies of book at for you or just which branch you prefer in person. Don't worry if you think you may want to change this later. You can choose a different branch at any time. You can either search for your branch by clicking "I'll Search For A Library.' or let Libby use your phones GPS to find the nearest branch by choosing "Yes, Guess My Library." The second two images below show what you'll see if you search for your branch. Once you see the one you want by scrolling down, click on that box to designate it as your preferred branch.


Step 4. If you choose any of the Denver Public Library branches, you will see the screen below pop up. Choose the answer that best fits you, but if you have your library card with you choose the top answer. The screen in the second image will pop up. Type in the number found on the back of your library card. Use your birth year as the password. The third screen will pop up once you have successfully signed in. Congrats! Time for the fun part!


Step 5. Scroll down on the main page until you see the screen in the first image below. For the sake of this tutorial we are going to click on "Popular Audiobooks" but if you are feeling confident and want to wander around on your own, have fun! Once you click popular audiobooks you will see a list of titles pop up. When you see one you would like to listen to you can either place it on hold, if it's not available or borrow it, if it is. To place a book on hold click "place hold" as shown in the second image and then "place hold!" again as shown in the third screen.


Step 6. After you've held the previous book, you will have the option to "keep browsing," that will push you back to the main browsing page under "Popular Audiobooks." If you see a title that says "borrow" that means its available to listen to now. Click borrow and then again on the screen shown in the second image below. Once you are kicked back to the main screen screen you can go to your personal library by clicking "shelf" as shown in the third image.


Step 7. Once you're in your personal library, it will look like the images below. To see the books you currently have available to you, click loans as shown in the first image. If you want to see your books on hold or check their status, click "holds" as shown in the second image. To listen to a book, click "Open Audiobook" in your "Loans" tab.


Step 8. You will then see the screen shown in the first image below. Click "Open Audiobook" again to start playing! The books you are listening to will pop up on the screen and you can see where you are in the book or rewind or fast forward at any time.

If at any point you would like to switch libraries, view a branch map or explore more subjects you can click on "Actions" on the main page. Click any of the options shown in the third image.


That's it! You are now set up to enjoy thousands of audiobooks. Listen in your car on a long road trip, while you're on a walk around the neighborhood or even when you're just relaxing in your living room or cooking.


We hope you enjoyed this first App in the Tech Series and if you have any questions feel free to ask us in the comments or join your fellow audiobook listeners in the forum!