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The New York Public Library Lets You Download More Than 300,000 Books for Free

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Eben Diskin
Mar 20, 2020

To keep readers satiated throughout the coronavirus crisis that has closed all of its branches, the New York Public Library has an app that allows anyone with a NYC library card to check out books in its collection. Over 300,000 books are available via the library’s app, and it’s accessible for anyone with an iOS or Android device.

The app, called SimplyE, will allow you to read books on your phone or tablet. But just because the reading is virtual doesn’t mean you won’t still have to wait in line. Due to high demand, you’ll still have to queue up for some of the most popular books and new bestsellers.

In addition to electronically reading your favorite books, you’ll also have access to the library’s other resources. Over 800,000 digital historic prints, photographs, maps, and manuscripts will be available via the app.

Just keep in mind, you will only be allowed to check out three books at a time.

And if you don’t have a library card yet, you can apply for one through SimplyE.

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