4 best library apps for Android to read for free

Libby best library apps for Android

Libraries seem at first glance old school. But many libraries update their stuff all the time and you can get some pretty modern entertainment there. Some libraries have movies, others have audiobooks, and of course they all have regular books. In some cases, you can even rent e-books for free with a library card. It’s a great way to find things to do on a budget. The only problem is that there are only a handful of apps that can help with this. Here are the best library apps for Android.

Google Maps Screenshot 2021

Google Maps is a bit of a lame choice for library apps, but that does not mean it is not good. Google Maps is the fastest and easiest way to find your local library. It is even more useful in larger cities, where there may be several libraries at a relatively short distance. In addition, Google Maps shows things like opening and closing times, directions, and even reviews.

It is useful in other ways. Other users may have posted pictures of the library, and you can usually also find the library’s official website link there. Again, this is a lame choice, but it’s still a good one.

Hoopla Digital

Price: For free

Hoopla - best movie apps for Android

Hoopla Digital is one of the most powerful library apps on Android. It boasts a library of over a million titles ranging from movies to books. The app gives you access to it all for free and without ads. All you need is a real, physical library card to sign up. Some other features include offline support, 24/7 access, and it will sync your progress if you need to switch device.

It’s the kind of thing we like to see. It is basically a huge library that anyone with library access can use without much hassle. We especially like the wide range of content available in a variety of media. This is one of the apps we would recommend first.

Libby, by Overdrive

Price: For free

Libby, an app from OverDrive, is very similar to Hoopla Digital, but seems to focus primarily on books. It has millions of regular e-books as well as audiobooks. You simply “borrow” them with your library card and you have full access. Some of the app’s other features include the ability to send books to your Kindle (US only) and Android Auto Support – and the app syncs your progress when you switch devices.

Like Hoopla, Libby is completely free to use without ads or in-app purchases. It’s basically like an e-book library, except you get access like you would a normal library. This is an excellent app for readers.

Your local library app

Price: For free

Los Angeles Public Library Screenshot 2022

Many libraries have their own apps now and they are a great choice if you intend to visit your local library consistently. Apps range in terms of features based on the services each library offers. But most of the ones we looked at let you do things like search the library inventory, reserve books, and watch upcoming events.

A few features cross Google Maps, such as opening hours, but they are generally useful and always free. People who visit their local library should make sure that they download the official app if their library has one.

If we missed some great library apps for Android, let us know about them in the comments. You can also click here to see our latest Android app and playlists.


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