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Want more online books? Collection expanding at Hall County Library System
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Teagan Simmons, 9, browses through the book shelves Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Hall County Library System branch in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

The Hall County Library System announced Monday that its Overdrive/Libby downloadable e-book service will become part of the Georgia Downloadable Destination system on July 1. 

Hall library cardholders will still have access to all items owned by Hall County, including the current Libby e-book collection, but they will also have access to over 20,000 titles owned by other GADD member libraries. This service is similar to the PINES statewide lending library model for physical books but will serve users in need of downloadable audiobooks, magazines and ebooks. 

Hall library patrons using the Libby app will not need to set up a new account or download a new app to their device. Existing information should transfer automatically, although there may be downtime for new checkouts on July 1 while the transition takes place. Anyone who needs to download materials during that time may use Hoopla, the other downloadable service available from the Hall County Library.

GADD offers ebooks and downloadable audiobooks to 50 library systems in Georgia, serving more than 280 physical branches.

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