The following are a list of free resources available online, * indicates that an ETGLD library cardholder account (don't have an ETGLD library card? Sign up here)
The East Travis Gateway Library District is a member of the Central Texas Digital Consortium. This service entitles all ETGLD patrons to access to free Audiobooks and eBooks via Overdrive. Logging in is simple: click on Sign In, choose “East Travis Gateway Library District” as your library, then enter your library card number and password (your ten digit phone number). Each account is allowed to check out 5 items at any time and keep each for 2 weeks at a time.
Now you have found an item to borrow, how do you listen to it or read it? The Overdrive or Libby app will need to be downloaded in order to use your selections. Each app will give you the same access but the Overdrive app can be downloaded on more types of devices including your computer if it is compatible. Libby is intended for Android and Apple phones and tablets.
Using your ETGLD library account, you will be able to check out materials from other libraries around the state of Texas! Interlibrary Loan or "ILL" for short is a great way to access materials beyond your home library, you can find anything from bestsellers to research materials all over the state! In order to access this resource, please log in to your library account before clicking the link for "Texas ILL System".
TexShare is a very popular library feature that helps patrons access libraries across the state with only one library card. This library card is available through the ETGLD for patrons in good standing who have been a card holding member of the ETGLD for a minimum of 3 months. For more information about obtaining a TexShare card, please click here. In order to access this resource online, please log in to your library account before clicking the link for "TexShare Databases".
The Texas Talking Book program, "TBP" for short, provides free library services for Texans with blindness or visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Registered TBP users may borrow books and magazines in digital audio, Braille, and large print. Registration is done through the TBP.
Are you looking for your next book to read? Do you want to find books that are similar to those written by your favorite author? The ETGLD has many ways to assist with finding your next great read!
ETGLD Booklists are helpful if you are wanting to find something to read that you can check out from the library.
When you create a Goodreads account (free!) you will be able to look up reviews of books from those who have read them and also find books similar to others that you have read and loved.