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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Check out these 5 free apps from your library!

5 Free Library Apps

Don’t worry. Be appy! Your library card does so much more than let you borrow items at your local brick-and-mortar location. We also have free apps you can download on your smartphone and tablet to borrow e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, and more.

Below are five free apps you need to know and how to access them with your library card. If you have any questions, you can contact your local branch or call Shreve Memorial Library’s E-Branch Manager Caleb Sheaffer at 318-226-4784.

5 Free Apps

1. Libby/Overdrive

Libby is the new app from Overdrive, and you can use it to download e-books and audiobooks. To get started, download the Libby app on your device and then search for Shreve Memorial Library. You will need to use your library card number and PIN to sign in and start borrowing items. (Don’t know your PIN? Click here.)

All items you borrow in Overdrive automatically return in two weeks, so there are no late fees. If something isn’t immediately available, you can put a hold on it and you’ll receive an email when you can borrow it. Libby is available for iOS devices, Android devices, and Windows devices. Search in your app store for "Libby." If you can’t find your device listed, you probably can use Overdrive. Find your device listed on the Overdrive Help page (hover over Devices on the top left-hand side of the page to find your device).  

2. Hoopla

Hoopla is a great app that lets you borrow audiobooks, comics, movies, music, e-books, and TV shows. It is available as an app for iOS devices, Android devices, and Kindle Fire HD devices; just search in your app store for "Hoopla". To get started, simply download the Hoopla app for your device and then set up an account with an email address and password. You will need to put in your library card number and PIN to get set up. (Don’t know your PIN? Click here.)

Items you borrow on Hoopla will return automatically, and you will borrow them for different amounts of time depending on the type of item — e-books, audiobooks, and comics (21 days), movies and TV shows (3 days), and music (7 days). Each month you can borrow 10 items in Hoopla and there are no holds for items. Once you use your 10 borrows, it will reset at the beginning of the next month.

You can also use Hoopla on smart TV devices, such as Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku. Find instructions for that on Hoopla’s help page.

3. Flipster

Borrow and read magazines on your computer or digital device using Flipster. You are able to read magazines through the browser on your desktop, laptop, or smartphone. All you need to do is enter your Shreve Memorial Library card number. (Tip: If you are accessing Flipster from home, make sure you select "Shreve Memorial Library System" as your library. This will only ask you for your card number.)

Magazines can be borrowed on your phone or tablet using the Flipster app. The app is available for iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire HD devices. To download the app, visit your respective app store and search for "Flipster". If you have questions about using Flipster, click here.

4. Pronunciator

Want to learn another language? You can with Pronunciator! Pronunciator is free language learning platform available with your library card and you can access it through the State Library Database page. On that page, look under Statewide Databases on the right-hand side for Pronunciator. Using Pronunciator, you can take lessons in 80 different languages or learn English as a second language.

Pronunciator is available as an app for iOS devices, Android devices, and Kindle Fire devices. Search your app store for "Pronunciator". To use the app, you will need to create an account on the website. Go to the State Library Database page, find Pronunciator and then click on the blue Register button to sign up. Once you have an account, you can sign into the app with your email address and password to use the Pronunciator app.  

5. Tutor.com to go (aka Homework Louisiana)

Tutor.com to go is the Homework Louisiana resource available as an app! That means students can sign in on their smartphone or tablet and get free tutoring help. To get started, you’ll need to visit the Homework Louisiana site from the State Library Database page and set up an account. Click on create an account in the top right-hand corner and input an email address and password.

Once you create an account, you can use that sign-in ID and password to access the Tutor.com to go app. You can get free live tutoring, submit papers for review, practice math skills, and also prepare for the ACT/SAT test. Tutor.com to go is available for iOS devices and Android devices. Search your app store for "Tutor.com to go".


More online resources

Looking for more resources? Try our State Library Database page for a complete listing of online resources available from Shreve Memorial Library.

Free tutorials

Want a quick lesson? Try our Tutorial Page for video instructions on how to get started with our E-Resources.

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