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San Bernardino Public Library’s Instant Digital Card Enables City Residents to Read Popular Ebooks and Audiobooks for Free

No library card? No problem! Residents can instantly sign up for a digital library card through any smartphone or computer

San Bernardino, CA – July 15, 2020 – In this digital age, readers have many choices on where to get books, but free time remains a precious commodity. Fortunately, libraries have an easy solution. City of San Bernardino residents can now instantly sign up for a San Bernardino Public Library (SBPL) card and begin borrowing popular eBooks and audiobooks in just 30 seconds using only their cell phone number. To sign up for this Instant Digital Card, members of the community can visit https://sbpl.overdrive.com/ or download Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

“We are pleased to offer this option to our patrons who can’t access the library during these challenging times to benefit with access to Overdrive content,” said SBPL Director Ed Erjavek.

By entering their cell phone number via the San Bernardino Public Library website or Libby, a secure verification service connects the user’s name and phone number to a physical address. If that address is within the city of San Bernardino, users can instantly begin borrowing thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free from the library’s digital collection. The new patron’s cell phone number doubles as their card number allowing access to SBPL’s OverDrive-powered digital books.

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 the popular digital collections of SBPL. These tailored collections offer eBooks and audiobooks 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.

Libby provides an easy way to access eBooks and audiobooks altogether on one app. Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry with the convenience of listening on the go and SBPL has an impressive collection.

This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™. 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 sign up for an Instant Digital Card and enjoy ebooks, audiobooks and more, visit https://sbpl.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today.

About SBPL
The San Bernardino Public Library is governed by an autonomous administrative Library Board of Trustees as provided by Section 602 of the Charter of the City of San Bernardino. Library services are provided at four sites: Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, Paul Villaseñor Library, Dorothy Inghram Library, and Howard Rowe Library. In addition to www.sbpl.org , patrons are encouraged to follow the library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sbcitylib and Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbcitylibrary .

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We strive to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 45,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. Our popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com