Learn to access Abbot Public Library virtually

Learn how to use digital apps like Libby and Hoopla to access Abbot Public Library’s virtual library. Photo by Kimberly Grad

The Abbot Public Library will be hosting a library digital collection where attendees will learn how to navigate between digital lending apps like Libby and Hoopla from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

Libby and Hoopla were created to expand on the selection of library content for patrons to download and stream books, audiobooks, movies, and music from the library to their smartphones and tablets.

During the program, patrons will learn how to use their library cards to create accounts and then borrow or stream digital content for free.

“Libby has access to eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, and Hoopla also has access to those resources in addition to music, movies, and television shows,” said adult service librarian Rachael Meneades. “Patrons can register at any time and there is content available for all age groups. Libby allows patrons to borrow 5 items at a time and for Hoopla it can be 8 items.”

The two applications have different formats but both have easy-to-use interfaces highlighting their collections and promoting new and classic materials while keeping the process of borrowing items simple and streamlined.

“Having access to digital content is perfect for patrons who are traveling, enjoy their media through a digital format, or are interested in supplementing their selection of items to borrow from the library,” said Meneades. “Additionally, these resources offer a variety of accessibility services for patrons who would enjoy using helpful features like adjustable text sizes, dark mode, zoom, screen reader support, and keyboard shortcuts.”

Attendees who want to participate in the program should bring their smart device or laptop, a charger, and any passwords needed to access their device and app store.

Space is limited for this program and registration is required. To register, please visit tinyurl.com/Abbot-library-apps or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 214.