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E-Books at the University of Kentucky Libraries: Leisure ebooks and audiobooks

Leisure reading

While UK Libraries does not have a large collection of leisure ebooks, as a UK student or employee, you can get a free library card with the Lexington Public Library, which gives you access to their ebook and audiobook collection in Overdrive. They also have physical audiobooks available for check out.

Additionally, you can also get access to Kentucky Libraries Unbound collection. Lexington Public Library is not a participant in this collection, but they have reciprocal borrowing privileges with neighboring counties. Lexington has reciprocal borrowing privileges with Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford counties, and all of those libraries have borrowing privileges from KYVL.

You can also apply for a digital library card online, which will give you access to KYVL without having to physically travel to a neighboring library.

Libby app

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Overdrive can be accessed on your mobile device with the Libby app. To use Libby, download the app to your device.

Once you have downloaded Libby, you can sign in with your library card(s). You can have more than one library card stored in the app.

You can search for and borrow new titles, download titles on WiFi for later on-the-go reading / listening, renew loans and return loans early, all from within the app.

For more information on using Libby, see their help site.

Academic audiobooks

Unfortunately, the academic publishing market has not caught up with the need for audiobooks. There are very few audiobooks available for academic titles. If you need an audio version of an ebook, a screen reader may be your best option. NVDA is a free screenreader for Windows. For Apple products, you can use Apple VoiceOver.