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San Diego County libraries go digital to fight spread of coronavirus

Posted: 12:05 PM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 15:05:27-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County libraries will suspend curbside pickup service, as all branches and bookmobiles close amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But readers still have a wealth of free knowledge at their fingertips.

Despite the closure of physical locations, patrons can still access the library's collection of 125,000 e-books, audio books, and e-magazine collection 24 hours a day virtually. The Libby (e-books) and Flipster (e-magazines) apps grant access to books and magazines.

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Those with a library card can jump into digital reading seamlessly, while those without a library card can sign up for free and get an instant digital library card using their mobile phone number.

“Instant Digital Card is just another way San Diego County residents can acquire a book to read or listen to on their cell phones, tablets or computers,” said County Library Director Migell Acosta. “It’s quick and easy. You can get what you need within minutes, all without having to leave the comfort of your home.”

During the county's closures, the library is not accepting returns and due dates have been extended for all materials that are currently checked out.