Libraries look like old schools at first glance. However, many libraries always update their contents and you can find some modern entertainment there. Some libraries have movies, others have audiobooks, and they all have regular books, obviously. In some cases, you can rent free e-books with a library card. This is a great way to find out what to do with your budget. The only problem is that there are only a handful of applications that are able to help. Here are the best library apps for Android.
Google Maps is a lame choice for library apps, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Google Maps is the fastest, easiest way to find your local library. This is especially useful in large cities, where there may be several libraries within a relatively short distance. Additionally, Google Maps shows things like opening and closing times, directions, and reviews.
It is useful in other ways. Other users may have posted pictures of the library and you can usually find a link to the library’s official website. Again, this is a lame choice, but it is still good.
Hupla Digital is one of the most powerful library apps on Android. It boasts a library of over a million titles, from movies to books. The app lets you access it all for free and without ads. All you need to register is a real, physical library card. Some other features include offline support, 24/7 access, and it will sync your progress if you need to switch devices.
This is the kind of stuff we like to see. It is basically a huge library that anyone with library access can use without much difficulty. We especially like the wide range of content available in different mediums. This is one of the first apps we recommend.
Libby, by Overdrive
Libby, an app by OverDrive, has a lot in common with Hoopla Digital but seems to be mainly focused on books. It contains millions of regular e-books as well as audiobooks. You “borrow” them with your library card and you have full access. Some of the other features of the app include the ability to send books to your Kindle (US only) and Android Auto support – and the app will sync your progress as you switch devices.
Like Hoopla, Libby is completely free to use without any ads or in-app purchases. It’s basically like an e-book library except you get access just like you would a normal library. This is a great app for readers.
Your local library app
Many libraries now have their own apps, and they’re a great option if you want to keep up with your local library. Apps range in terms of the features that each library provides. However, most of the things we’ve seen allow you to do things like search the library list, reserve books, and watch upcoming events.
Some features are compatible with Google Maps, such as hours of operation, but they are generally useful and always free. People who visit their local library frequently should make sure to download the official app, if they have one in their library.
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