Tuesday, February 23, 2021



Popular Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks Available Free 24/7 From The Rutherford County Library System

Readers can use the award-winning Libby app to enjoy digital books on any device


Murfreesboro, TN – February 23, 2021 – As people increasingly read and listen to books on their smartphone or tablet, they’re discovering one of the best resources is their local public library. Rutherford County residents can access a wide selection of popular digital ebooks and audiobooks free from the Rutherford County Library System (RCLS). With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the digital collection by downloading Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or visiting rclstn.org.

An active RCLS patron recently called to share his appreciation for having access to Libby. At sixty-four years of age and with several older family members who are high risk, he's been keeping himself as safe as possible in order to care for them. He said, "I would have been absolutely lost without my library card and Libby these past few months.” 

In addition, RCLS is hosting live, virtual demonstrations of how to get started with borrowing ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app. This free online event features sessions for both new and experienced users and takes place on Friday, March 19th. Three basic sessions are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m., and a Libby Deep Dive Session will begin at 10:30 a.m. More information and registration can be found at http://bit.ly/tnreadstrain.

Named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the RCLS digital collection. This locally selected collection offers ebooks and audiobooks and digital magazines. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.

Readers may browse the RCLS digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. 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 get started enjoying ebooks, audiobooks and more, download Libby or visit OverDrive at rclstn.org.

About Rutherford County Library System

Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Rd. West in Smyrna. Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library is located at 317 Hwy 99E in Eagleville. MGL Library is located inside Patterson Park Community Center at 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro. The Technology Engagement Center is located at 306 Minerva Drive. Explore, Imagine, Engage through RCLS. For more information, call 615-893-4131 or visit www.rclstn.org.

About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 64,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, 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


Carol Ghattas

Linebaugh Public Library