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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Hello Libby

Magazines, ebooks and Audio Books are Available Digitally through
Mohawk Valley Library System

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System is pleased to announce that popular magazines are now available to read digitally on any device 24/7. For the first time, library cardholders from Schenectady, Schoharie, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks by visiting or downloading Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from Rakuten OverDrive. Top ranked titles available include HGTV Magazine, Reader's Digest, Forbes and many other popular publications.

“Libraries are vital to the communities they serve and must adapt quickly to meet those needs,” said Eric Trahan, Executive Director of Mohawk Valley Library System. “In recent years, we have seen dramatic increases in the usage of electronic resources as library patrons access ebooks and audiobooks directly from their phones or tablets. By adding magazines to this collection, we are providing an additional option that will enable patrons to access their favorite magazine day or night.”

Magazines have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits, and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Mohawk Valley Library System patrons can also download magazines on Libby for offline use. The full list can be found in the library’s Magazine eReading Room, a digital version of physical Reading Rooms, which provides digital magazines sectioned off from the rest of the catalog. Within Libby, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections.”

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and TIME's Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. These tailored collections offer ebooks and audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business, and more.

Users can also listen to audiobooks, the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, with the convenience of listening on the go. In addition, many libraries offer top-selling magazines that are available with no wait lists or holds. Libby provides an easy way to access ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines altogether on one app.

Readers may browse Mohawk Valley Library System’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles, and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. To acquire a card, visit one of the 14 public libraries in Schenectady, Schoharie, Fulton, or Montgomery Counties.

To get started enjoying magazines, ebooks and audiobooks, visit, or download Libby.  A link is also available on the library’s website

About Mohawk Valley Library System
As one of 23 Public Library Systems in New York State, Mohawk Valley Library System educates, empowers, and supports 14 chartered public libraries in Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Schoharie Counties, helping these libraries enrich their communities.

About Rakuten OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME's Best Apps of 2018, the award-winning Libby is the "one-tap reading app" for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.