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Seattle rolls out instant digital library cards to help fill socially distant days with reading

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I just finished Netflix. Now what should I watch?

It’s a good line. How about you read something? The Seattle Public Library can help. It’s not a visit to Harvard Ave but residents can now sign up for new Instant Digital Library Cards:

Seattle residents who do not have a Library card from The Seattle Public Library can now sign up for an instant digital Library card, which gives immediate access to e-books and e-audiobooks through the Library’s OverDrive digital collection.

Launched Thursday, March 26, the service is available at

“We are working hard to find new ways to support Seattle residents during this unprecedented public health crisis,” library Circulation Services Manager Bo Kinney said. “Whether you’re a parent looking for a just-right chapter book, a telecommuter brushing up on skills or a senior who wants a light read after a heavy day of news, we have resources for you.”

To be eligible, you must be 13 years or older, live in Seattle, and have a mobile phone to verify your account.

SPL says more than 600 people have signed up for the digital cards since the service launched.

Access to the Library’s OverDrive collection allows users to browse more than 200,000 e-titles, find “available now” e-books and e-audiobooks, and access curated collections such as Newbery Award and Honor books.

The instant digital card provides access to e-books and e-audiobooks, but SPL says it hopes to add other digital resources and databases to this service in the future.

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11 months ago

They have free movie apps too, Hoopla and Knopy.