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Alexandria Library Boosts eBook Selection During Quarantine

While Alexandria’s library network is closed for the foreseeable future, the library has a new selection of electronic options to help Alexandrians through the quarantine.

“The City of Alexandria has given the Library $50,000 to purchase additional eBooks and eAudiobooks,” the city said in a press release. “With Governor Northam’s announcement that Virginians are to stay at home, residents need virtual options to Library services even more than ever.”

The library offers several routes to check out audiobooks and ebooks, though the largest so far is an app called Overdrive which allows users to browse an extensive library and check out up to ten books.

Other services, like RBdigital, gets library users access to magazines.

If you weren’t signed up at the library before the quarantine, don’t worry, the library is also offering library card registrations online during the quarantine.

“We’ll continue to process library card registrations received online,” the library said on its website. “Getting a free card only takes a few minutes. We are extending the expiration of these temporary cards to six weeks to allow customers to utilize online resources without coming to the library to collect their physical card.”

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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