Digital Bookmobile made a stop in Gainesville

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 7:19 PM EDT
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A unique traveling exhibit stopped in Gainesville Wednesday afternoon to give book lovers a different opportunity to read a good book.

The digital bookmobile has traveled to 48 states across the country and Gainesville residents have an opportunity to learn how to access digital books 24/7.

“It's kind of cool,” Gainesville resident Kim Sugar said.

The Digital Bookmobile was launched in 2008 in Central Park, New York to offer library users the opportunity to access their local library’s digital collection.

“If you're a busy mom or you work a lot. it really gives you an opportunity to always have that ebook audiobook experience so you can have that experience as if you went to the physical library,” digital book specialist Marissa Gillett said.

The Digital Bookmobile provides an app called Libby which gives access to Alachua County Library District's digital collection.

Once you add your library card to the app, you can download ebooks and audiobooks for free.

Live Oak resident John Hadden goes to the Millhopper Branch Library often and has been using the app for a few months.

“About a year ago, I had an insatiable thirst to start reading again,” Hadden said. “ What I did was find out about Libby and in just about a three-month period, I read 19 audiobooks all through my phone just in my commute back and forth.”

The Digital Bookmobile is ADA accessible and its next stop is at the Tower Road Library on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.