Although you can’t go the library to pick up books anymore, you can still get lots of reading done while you’re at home!
It’s all thanks to the New York Public Library’s e-book reader app, SimplyE. It’s available on Android and iOS, and is the NYPL’s own exclusive app.
If you have a library card, you can download it, sign in, and will immediately have access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks, from bestsellers to classics. And if you don’t have a library card? Have no fear, you can easily apply for one remotely.
“New York residents can apply for a New York Public Library card through SimplyE to gain access to an array of digital resources,” they state on their website. “After registering, it may take a few hours to receive your barcode in order to access the Library’s digital resources. Please check the instructions for Android here and for iOS here.”
Because of the surge of e-book checkouts during the library’s closure, they have implemented a limit on checkouts. You will only be able to check out up to three books at a time. As soon as you return one, however, you will get access to another one (and you can always return early!).
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