CultureShift’s Jeff Milo reviews local music for 101.9 WDET. He’s also a staffer at the Ferndale Area District Library.
Public libraries across Southeast Michigan offer their patrons a variety of outlets to access content on their mobile devices, e-readers, and desktop computers, using their library card.
The fastest way for you to access these will be to visit your home library’s main website and look for the links that say “digital services,” “online resources,” or sometimes, “digital library.”
This is where libraries will have links to streaming platforms, reading apps, and even online courses, from services like Hoopla, Libby, RB Digital, Kanopy, CreativeBug and Lynda.com.
- Hoopla is a digital streaming platform that lets library cardholders instantly borrow digital movies, music, and eBooks. (There will very likely be a limit of 5 to 15 downloads per month). A similar service libraries may offer is Kanopy.
- RB Digital has a variety of digital magazines (National Geographic, Cooks’ Illustrated, etc) as well as audiobooks.
- Libby lets you borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks.
Some libraries will also provide access to services like CreativeBug which offers thousands of online arts and craft courses. There might also be a variety of databases that you can access.
Typically, library cardholders will create their own account with each of these services and can find each of them in their App Store to download onto their device. These services may also not be accessible if your account is not in good standing.
If you have any questions about your library card, or have forgotten the personal PIN number attached to your library card, you will need to contact your library. At this point, emailing their libraries would be most reliable. Phones might go to voicemail and not every library is monitoring their social media constantly. Find information about that on your library’s website, on the “About” or “Contact” tab.