Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!
This week, we're exploring Libby and learning how to check out and return an e-book through the Libby app. Libby works with Tennessee READS (which you can learn more about here) and follows many of the same steps to borrow a book, but, now, it's even easier.
Once you have logged into your Tennessee READS account through the Libby app (see our previous blog post here for more information), you can now search for a book using the magnifying glass at the top of the page or simply explore Libby.
We decided to do some exploring and we found a section labeled "Middle Earth Book Shelf" with books by J.R.R. Tolkien and a wonderful set of read-alikes. We decided to check out The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Each book will have the option to "Borrow," "Read Sample," or "Tag." To borrow a book, you'll simply click "Borrow" beside the book image. Once you've selected your book, you'll be redirected to a new page. This page will tell you more about the book and, near the bottom of the page, you'll see an indicator that shows the number of loans and holds you currently have on your account.
Next, you'll click the red "Borrow!" button at the bottom of the page. The book will be automatically added to your shelf and downloaded to your device. You can read the book immediately by clicking "Open Book" or you can keep browsing, or return to your book shelf.
If you've finished your book or if you decide it's just not the book for you, you can return your borrowed e-book early by going to your shelf and clicking the little blue square beside the book's due date. This will open a drop down menu with new options.
Next, click "Return Early."
This will redirect you to a new page to confirm your return. To finish returning your book, simply click the red "Return!" button at the bottom of the page. You'll receive a confirmation you have returned your book and then you're free to browse for your next title!
For more information on Tennessee READS and Libby, check out the Libby help desk at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm. You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center during their open lab hours for one-on-one assistance or free workshops.