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Check it out: San Diego County Library encourages free online downloads

Posted: 4:15 PM, Dec 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 12:26:26-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Communications Office reminded residents Thursday that they have access to nearly 55,000 e-books and audiobooks for free via the county library system.

County residents can download digital titles to their tablet or e-reader by downloading the Libby app and linking it with their library account.

Residents can also use the library's Overdrive program to download digital titles and collections.

E-books and audiobooks can be checked out for seven, 14 or 21 days. At the end of the check-out period, the title will return to the library's collection, eliminating late fees and the possibility of physical damage to the title.

According to the county library, digital checkouts in 2018 have increased by roughly 50 percent to more than 1.5 million compared to 2017. The county library system is one of 30 in the world to surpass 1.5 million digital checkouts.

"The Library encourages reading in every way -- to develop skills, create opportunities and motivate a love of reading,'' said Migell Acosta, the county's library director. "To meet the community's steadily increasing interest in audiobooks and e-books, we have made significant investments into our digital collections, and we look forward to adding many new titles in 2019.''

The library's digital collection also includes more than 150 magazines along with its collection of e-books, according to the county. Residents can access the library's magazine catalogue by downloading the RBdigital app.

Libby and RBdigital are both available on the Google Play and iOS app stores. Residents can visit the library's website, sdcl.org, for more information about its digital collection and how to access it.