Library's eBooks have moved to Libby!
By Amy Jo Field
Johnson County Library’s eBook and eAudiobook collection has moved from Axis 360 to the Libby app. Patrons may already be familiar with Libby from other local library systems and from the Library’s eMagazine collection, which has been accessible through the Libby app for several years.
The process of moving involved a few days of transferring the collection over in late May. Now that the Library is live on the new Libby platform:
- Patrons may download the Libby app from either the iOS or Android app store and log in with their Johnson County Library card number and PIN/password.
- When patrons log in to Libby, they will see all of the Library’s eBooks and eAudiobooks. Any holds that patrons had in Axis 360 are transferred to Libby.
- If patrons don't see a title they are looking for, they can suggest it for purchase on the Library’s website, or browse the catalog or Johnson County Library’s Interlibrary Loan service for a different format.
When the Library announced the move to Libby, patrons already familiar with that platform were very excited. The Library even received a spontaneous ovation when the announcement was shared at the Summer Reading Launch event at a recent Library event.
This move was the result of a 2021 study of electronic resource platforms. Feedback was gathered from Library staff, local school librarians, and more than 7,000 Library patrons. Libby was determined to be the optimum choice based on factors such as features, usability, customer support and value. Libby also allows patrons to read on Kindle devices, which was not an option on Axis 360.
Libby offers extensive FAQs for patrons to browse at https://help.libbyapp.com/en-us/categories/frequently-asked-questions.htm. Patrons are also encouraged to visit jocolibrary.org/contact and ask a librarian if they have any questions about Libby.
Download the Libby app and find more info at https://www.jocolibrary.org/elibrary.
Amy Jo Field is web content developer at Johnson County Library.