All Russell Memorial Library card holders have access to free e-books and audiobooks through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. To access them, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and your ONLINE library card/homecard number.
In-Library Card Number: XXX
ONLINE library card/Homecard Number: 2v6td000000XXX
These services cannot process the short three-number library cards we have traditionally issued here. To make your number readable to the computer, add “2v6td000000” before your three-digit library card number. For example, if you have the number 745 for use in the library, you would then use 2v6td000000745 when accessing these digital books.
(For patrons with single or double digit numbers, just add enough zeroes before your number to make your In-Library Card Number three digits long)
There are apps for that!
Overdrive will allow you to sign in with just your ONLINE Library Card number! However, it has a tendency to crash, forget your login, and refuse to download audio, especially on older devices.
Libby does not support signing in with our region’s library cards yet, so you’ll need to sign up for a free Overdrive Account in order to use it. However, it is a much more fluid, intuitive app without much of Overdrive’s glitchiness.
And there’s a full walkthrough for how to use the system here.
If you cannot remember your number, or have any trouble with the Overdrive system, please stop in and we’ll gladly help you get set up. If you prefer, you can also message us on Facebook, or email us at: email@example.com
There are also some tips and tricks available for audiobooks through Overdrive here.
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In addition to the Overdrive system, there are also online libraries of items that are no longer under copyright, and as such, are free to download and enjoy. These collections generally feature old and classic works of literature, but there are some more modern works that authors have willingly donated to the collection.
The long-running Project Gutenberg hosts an impressive collection of works in more than 25 languages, including such uncommon entries as Afrikaans, Esperanto, and Tagalog. If you’re looking to read through some classics, like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this is the place to start.
LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection: LibriVox – founded in 2005 – is a community of volunteers from all over the world who record public domain texts: poetry, short stories, whole books, even dramatic works, in many different languages. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain in the USA and available as free downloads on the internet.
eBooks and Texts: The Internet Archive offers over 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts, many of which are rare, fragile items that libraries have digitized to share with the Archive. If you’re looking for historical documents, this is absolutely the place to start. There is even local history available, like these documents from/about Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.
The Internet Archive also has a collection of 550,000 modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.