Continue Using Your Library While We’re Closed!

Although your Library’s building is closed right now, the good news is we’re still able to connect you with learning and entertainment opportunities. From our website alone, you can explore whole worlds for free!

We have digital services that give you access to books, magazines, movies, and TV shows. Through our online databases, you can take classes on everything from food and fitness to history and literature. We also offer services for professional and educational development. These opportunities are found on our website under the E-Resources tab. We want our online resources to be as easy to use as possible, so we’re highlighting them throughout the Library’s closure.

This week, we’re focusing on Tennessee READS, a database from the Tennessee State Library & Archives that houses ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. You can access READS from your computer, ereader, tablet, or smartphone.

Typically, you need a library card to use READS. However, with so many libraries closed these days, READS has created an “Instant Digital Card Service” so people without cards can still check out digital materials. With this service, you can access the READS inventory without a library card for one year; you simply provide your cell phone number. You’ll find instructions for accessing READS with either your library card or cell phone number below.

READS is powered by Overdrive, and we recommend using Overdrive’s Libby app for audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines. To begin, visit the app store on your device and search for “Libby, by Overdrive”. Once you’ve downloaded Libby, follow the simple steps it gives to sync the app with your library card (or mobile number if you don’t have a card).

Click here if you’re having trouble downloading Libby or setting up your account.

Once Libby is installed, the READS inventory can be accessed in two ways.

  1. Browse within the Libby app to borrow or place holds on titles. (One advantage of borrowing books through Libby is the app’s “Skip the Line” or “Lucky Day” collections.)
  2. Browse the READS inventory by clicking on “READS” under the E-Resources tab on our website or by visiting Once on the READS site, click “Sign In”. Then find Johnson City Public Library in the dropdown menu and type in your library card number or choose “Sign in using mobile phone”.

Whether you select titles through Libby or the READS website, you’ll find them automatically added to your “Shelf” in the Libby app, under “Loans” or “Holds”.

Items in Libby are loaned for three weeks, and you can check out up to 15 books and magazines at a time. (The loan period is shorter for the “Lucky Day” and “Skip the Line” books.) If you place a hold, Libby will notify you either by email or push notification when the title is available, and you have three days to check out the title or (a new feature!) choose to have it delivered to you later.

Click here if you’re having trouble using Libby.

Explore our website to learn more about your Library’s digital content, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for regular features on our online resources.

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