R.E.A.D.S Tennessee electronic library

Kingston Public Library

Tennessee READS available to area users with no library cards (please read details!)

EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO LIBRARY CARD, you can download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and videos until June 30, 2020.
 
*** Important! This is only available to those with cell phone numbers in the area covered by Kingston’s regional library system. ***
 
Computer users:
Go to R.E.A.D.S website. Click “sign in” and then click link after “Need a library card?”. Follow prompts after that.
https://reads.overdrive.com/
 
Phone and tablet users:
Download either Overdrive or Libby (both are free).
 
Overdrive: Click on Manage Libraries, and then the “+” sign (upper right). Add Kingston Public Library by searching for zip code 37763. Select Ocoee River Region-Kingston Public Library by clicking star. Navigate back to home screen, then click on “Tennessee READS”. Click “sign in” and then click link after “Need a library card?”. Follow prompts after that.
 
Libby: Click “Find Libraries Nearby.” Then follow prompts. Search for zip code 37763. Select Ocoee River Region-Kingston Public Library. Then select “Use my phone number” and follow prompts after that.
 
Please read the following very carefully!
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In recognition of the fact that many libraries are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus, OverDrive is allowing our consortium to use their ‘Instant Digital Card Service’ at no charge through June 30, 2020.
What is the Instant Digital Card Service (IDCS)? This is a way for users who do not have a library card to access the READS service via verification of their cell phone number.
How does it work?  When a user accesses the READS site on a computer/laptop or downloads the Libby/OverDrive app, a box will pop up and ask the user if he/she has a card. If the answer is ‘No’ it will prompt the user for a cell phone number. OverDrive will verify the address associated with the cell phone number and if it is within the area covered by the regional system the user’s cell phone number will serve as their library card. 
Does this work with a landline number? No. The information OverDrive needs to verify address is not available for landline numbers.
Can I promote this on social media?  Absolutely!!! I encourage you to do this at every possible opportunity. Remind your community that you are still providing them access to books, magazines, audiobooks and video 24 hours a day, seven days a week via TN READS, even if they haven’t yet obtained a library card beforehand.
Stay safe out there!

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