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    Default Favorite Overdrive libraries?

    I think San Diego has a chronically underfunded library system (but we keep building sports stadiums!), and the Overdrive library is pretty pathetic (not surprisingly.)

    Does anyone have a favorite library that has a non-resident option?

    A web search brought up this thread:

    Audiobooks - Technical stuff: Overdrive memberships with other libraries (showing 1-50 of 119)

    but Id rather trust *this* group of random internet people over that group of random internet people.

    They seem to like the Houston and the Philadelphia libraries...
    does anyone know of others, or even better, free ones?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    We just discovered overdrive. Dd likes to listen to the books while she is in bed. Ill be keeping an eye on this thread.
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    I'm following this one, too. I feel like there should be a national public library overdrive account. It suggested that I add to the app, but I haven't looked into it yet.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Gutenberg is easy enough and better on other readers than the Overdrive app for sure. But (due to Disney, DH tells me) nothing new has gone into public domain since Mickey Mouse was created... so anything written by people our parents age or younger isnt going to be there.

    I found another list of big libraries....

    For me, this means I could theoretically have free cards at Los Angeles and San Francisco (both big) except Id have to visit a branch in person to sign up.
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    We may want to divide this by state. I was looking in CA and I found this:

    Pasadena City Library: Library cards are available at all Pasadena locations free of charge to any resident of the State of California.

    I wonder if other states do the same thing?

    Now I know what I am going to spend my weekend doing.

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    As long as you are a CA resident and physically set foot in a branch, you can get a card for free from any of the public libraries.
    But theres big libraries around the country, Im interested in mooching off their libraries.
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    The Schertz public library and the Kyle publicibrary in Texas will give a card to any Texas state resident, free of charge.

    In Texas, there is also something called a TexShare card, which gives you borrowing privileges at any Texas state library. The individual libraries set the limit on how many items you can checkout at a time. Some libraries are generous and others are stingy and limit check outs, (I am looking at you, New Braunfels with your 3 book limit!).

    Some libraries also have a "student" discount for non-residents. I think for New Braunfels, it is $15 a year.
    Last edited by MissLemon; 04-20-2016 at 11:42 PM.

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    Back to the Overdrive issue. You're saying, AM, that some libraries offer memberships to anyone, whether they're state residents or not? (My Overdrive library is teeny tiny. I think I have admitted here before that I feel like a stalker to the one member of my book club who reads more than me; if I had a choice of a different/better set of e-books, I would be all over that!)

    TFZ I agree there should be a universal Overdrive library!

    Mariam, please update us if you find something.

    I use a Kindle Paperwhite for my e-books and my phone for audiobooks. I kind of wish the Kindle did audio (not video thanks I have enough distractions) but it's not a perfect world. I haven't figured out how to get Gutenberg or other free sites' e-books onto the Kindle. Anyone...? Or am I just too gray haired and tech-unsavvy?

    Michigan has an interlibrary loan service too. We use it a lot (weekly even) and admittedly it's one of the only reasons we even step foot into our pretty library is to retrieve a book from elsewhere. Sigh.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I plug my Kindle into my computer, which prompts me to open the file (It acts just like any other external storage device--Oh, and my computer always tells me there's something wrong with the drive, and prompts me to scan and fix--it's a lie, it's fine, don't do it. ). Once I've downloaded a Kindle-compatible file, I find the file in the appropriate folder into which it was downloaded, then drag or copy/paste that file onto the Kindle. For me, that means putting it into the "documents" folder in my Kindle device. I don't know if this varies, but you can check by opening the folder and seeing if your other books are in there already.

    If I want to add something that is not a .mobi or pdf, then I use Calibre e-book management to convert the files, usually from .epub to .mobi, then follow a similar procedure.

    Mom to one, 18 year old son.

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    This is what my research found:

    There are no non-resident library access without a fee. All of the major libraries listed, generally have agreements with other library systems that allow wider access, but at most it might cover the whole state, like California.

    Almost all libraries have a nonresident option but there is an annual fee, many around $50, that you can apply as a non-resident. Some allow you to apply remotely, but most require an in-person visit. So your dream of getting a library card from the Hawaii system will have to be in conjunction with your Hawaiian vacation.

    I found an interesting source that lists libraries out that offer various non-resident options. It is a pretty good list. It even has international library option. Great if you have an advanced language learner in the house!

    MobileRead Wiki - EBook Lending Libraries

    Also, here is a list of where to get ebooks for free (since this is our motivation for getting the library access):
    MobileRead Wiki - Free eBooks

    FWP - Here is how to get those pesky Gutenberg books on your Kindle:

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