Do you enjoy reading books on your phone, tablet, or Kindle? How about listening to audiobooks? Would you use the library more often if you didn’t have to drive there or worry about due dates and late fees?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might just love an amazing resource that the eight libraries in Gila County offer. You can borrow ebooks and audiobooks online, free, anytime, anywhere. All you have to do is go to the Gila County Library District website, www.gcldaz.org, and click on the blue rectangle under the words DIGITAL LIBRARY. You do need a library card and a pin—if you don’t have a library card or a pin, your local library can help.
The libraries currently have 4,868 books available online, from classics to best-sellers. Currently popular titles are The Girl on the Train, All the Light We Cannot See, The Martian, and John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer. There are romances, thrillers, mysteries, biographies, self-help—even cookbooks! And new titles are added every month.
From March 17 to March 31, American Sniper will be available as an unlimited checkout as an ebook, meaning there won’t be a waiting list and everyone who wants to read it as an ebook will be able to. To find it quickly, just type “Ameican Sniper” in the search box at the top of the digital library page and click the magnifying glass.
Users can listen or read on all major types of computers and devices, including iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Android phones and tablets, and Kindles. Many titles can be enjoyed immediately on any device with an Internet browser, or they can be downloaded into the free OverDrive app. When the loan period ends, titles expire automatically or usually can be renewed. There is never a late fee!
This service works anytime, anywhere—as long as you have an Internet connection, you can download books or read or listen online. If you’re visiting friends in Tucson or on vacation in Hawaii, you can still enjoy books from the Gila County libraries!
Patricia Sanders lived in Globe from 2004 to 2008 and at Reevis Mountain School, in the Tonto National Forest, from 2008 to 2014. She has been a writer and editor for GMT since 2015. She is currently traveling long-term and researching a book on dance. You can follow her writing on the website medium.com, under the pen name SK Camille.