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Library bridges gap of digital age: Library card is key to e-books, movies, magazines, more

August 28, 2017 GMT

Patrons of the Rome-Floyd County Library can access thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines and movies, along with an assortment of educational resources, at home or on the go as part of the ever expanding e-resources accessible with library cards.

Amberly Cole, the collections development coordinator for the library, said expanding the number of e-resources available to library card holders has been part of an initiative of the last several years. And it’s a trend that’s happening across the country, she said, as officials turn to modernizing their local libraries and further bridge the gap into the digital age.

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Links to the e-resources can all be found on the library’s website, at rome.shrls.org/reference.

For the lovers of e-books and e-audiobooks, OneClickdigital and the Georgia Download Destination are the places to download thousands of the items without cost. Also, library members need to download the RBdigital app for OneClickdigital and the Overdrive app for GADD — both are free and can be found on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

To access OneClickdigital, users just need to register with their library card number, set up a username and password, and complete the process with some personal information — name, email address and postal code. Users can then start checking out, for a maximum of 10 days. At the end of the rental, the items are returned to the library, as the downloads are taken off the device.

Users don’t have to register for GADD, they just have to sign in with their library card number and PIN. The default setting for checkouts is seven days, but users can change the settings to 14 days. The items are returned to the library and they can’t be renewed. However, three days before the due date, the item can be requested again, and users just have to re-download them to their device.

Students in Rome and Floyd County high schools will be able to find digital and audio formats of books on their reading lists through the library, Cole said, as she put in an order last week.

InstantFlix allows users to browse and stream over 7,000 films, documentaries, classic TV shows and international web series. Users just have to register. They then can start streaming away with films that include those shown at the Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and Rome film festivals. The films can be streamed through a computer, smartphone or tablet and can also work with Apple TV or Roku.

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Under RBdigital magazines, 144 magazines are available online, with both current and back issues. Similarly, users just have to register with their library card information and set up a username and password. Cole said there are no holds or waiting to download the magazines, as well as no limits to the number of downloads. Another big plus she points to is the fact that they don’t have to be returned.

Other e-resources include ArtistWorks, Mango Languages and Learning Express Library. There are apps for the first two e-resources but not one for the last. Users just have to register.

ArtistWorks provides instructional videos for music lessons, art and singing. Mango Languages offers online courses, including placement tests, lessons and chapter reviews, in 72 languages. Learning Express Library offers study guides and test prep for the GED, AP exams, ACT and SAT, along with others.

Cole said the library doesn’t have to worry about items getting lost or damaged, a big benefit. Also, with the items being automatically taken back, the library doesn’t have to worry about books not being brought back as fines accrue.

Revenues from the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale have funded the purchase of the e-resources that the library has to pay for, Cole said.

For more information email Cole at acole@shrls.org or visit the library’s website.