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WEB EXTRA: Factfinder – Free access to music downloads, magazines, books and resources

Apps can offer you easy and free access to the bestseller fiction and non-fiction novels and today’s hottest music.

(localmemphis.com) – How do you get access to the novels, music downloads, and magazines free of charge? 

The Local 24 Factfinder team is going to tell you what thousands of active Memphis library users already know.

If you don’t have the following apps: Overdrive, RBDigital, or Freegal, you are missing out on free access to such titles as ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ “Becoming,” and ‘Crazy Rich Asians, just three of the biggest bestsellers. 

Kevin Dixon, Virtual Digital Manager with Memphis Public Libraries, said that the e-collection, what the online resources and e-books are called, is one of the many services the library offers. 

“It’s one of our growing services,” said Dixon. “We have close to 6,000 active Overdrive users.”

Local 24’s Factfinder team learned that for the most recent circulation numbers available, more than 1.3 million items were borrowed from the library. The circulation count for e-books, music, and magazine services was 360,000 items. That accounts for about 26% of their total circulation. 

Overdrive is available in the Google Play, Apple App Store, and Microsoft. Together with Libby, an e-book reader app by Overdrive, you can download up to three e-books or audiobooks to read and keep them for up to 21 days. The titles can also be used on a Kindle device too. The titles return automatically, so that means no late-fees!

“You’re not going to find heavy in-depth research books, but you can find popular fiction titles, job/career, health titles,” said Dixon. 

You can also find access to more than 100 magazines like Allure, National Geographic, Oprah Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens using the RBDigital App, once you sign in with your Memphis Public Library number and pin number. 

Memphis Public library e-library users can get access to music using the Freegal app. 

“The number of active users is not nearly as high as Overdrive,” said Dixon. “There are so many options to receive free music.” 

While there is a trend of streaming music as opposed to downloading, users can download five songs per week, using Freegal. Users can stream three hours of music each day using the app. 

Content features popular artists like Little Nas X, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, and legendary musicians Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Barbara Streisand.

Your Memphis library membership offers access to the New York Times and resources like Lynda.com, an online learning library of tutorial videos for software, IT, and animation.

Dixon stresses, the free access is available with an active Memphis library account – something the Memphis Public Library system has made even easier, recently with on-line sign-up. 

“We’ve had a recent change in policy where you can register online,” said Dixon. “The online card works for two years.” 

Dixon said the library has been working in recent years to not just think of the library as a building with books. 

The library’s web page features a bicentennial exhibit featuring historical images to resources for voters. Youth programming has also increased in the last few years. So have the number of resources for voters.

“We have a page called “Meet the Candidates”, where we aim to include a list of everyone on the ballot with links to their campaign website and Facebook pages,” said Dixon.  

The idea is to keep people connected. 

“Everyone has phones,” said Dixon. “The more services we can through that medium the better, the hardest part is getting the word out.”