Finding Your Local Virtual-Library:
What Every Book Lover Should Know

February is Book Lovers’ Month, and there’s no better time to curl up with a hot drink, your favorite blankie, and a good read from a virtual-library.

Cuddled up with an ebookWhether you’re practicing social distancing, or you simply prefer listening or reading books electronically, taking advantage of your library’s access to downloadable e-books and audiobooks is for you!  Unlike Amazon, Audible, iTunes, etc. downloading from your virtual-library is free.

If you’re new to downloading books, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • You’ll need a library card, and in some cases, a username and password through your local or regional library.
  • You will need a stable Internet connection to connect to a virtual-library.
  • You can download e-books to a tablet-like an iPad, an e-reader like a Kindle, a PC, a laptop, and even your cell phone.
  • Audiobooks can be downloaded to all the devices above except for an e-reader because they typically don’t have sound capability.

Here are the links to some of the libraries in the OTELCO service areas and the direct links to the different state-wide e-book lending services that the libraries use. You can access the service through a log-in on your library’s website or through the direct link, but either way, you’ll be required to log in with credentials that may include your library card number, email address, and/or a username and password. Once you’re logged in, simply follow the prompts to select and download your e-book or audiobook.

Before You Get Started, Make Sure you Have the Bandwidth to Connect with Your Virtual Library

Find Your Local Virtual-Library

Alabama 

We serve several towns in Alabama, however, rather than listing all of the virtual-library websites, we’re including the link to the Alabama Public Library Directory, where you can find your local library and get a library card and establish an Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) account.

Maine 

We serve several towns in Maine, which is why we’re including the link to Maine Infonet, where you can find participating libraries and navigate to the download site.

Massachusetts 

Here’s the library directory for Massachusetts, where you’ll find contact information for the library that serves you. CWMARS provides access to e-books and audiobooks for many communities in central and western Massachusetts.

In addition to CWMARS, the Leverett Library offers access to the Boston Public Library and an interesting streaming content selection.

Missouri

We serve several towns in Missouri, rather than listing all the library websites, we’re including the link to Missouri Libraries to Go.

Vermont

Our subscribers in Shoreham can visit the Platt Memorial Library website for free e-books and audiobooks. Scroll down to the e-books and audiobooks section of their website, or go directly to the Green Mountain Library Consortium.

West Virginia

Our subscribers in War can log into the McDowell County Public Library (the War Public Library is one of its branches)  and click on the WV Reads link to access e-books and audiobooks.

Not in one of our OTELCO service areas?

Visit here and enter your zip code and the distance you’re willing to travel to a library.

We Want Your Book Recommendations

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