If you have a library card, you can check out thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines online for free. (I did that a lot in Japan. It was hard to find English books there.)
The Lewistown Public Library subscribes to a statewide service called the Montana Library2Go (https://montana.overdrive.com/). You can check out items online and read them in your browser or a free app called Libby. Many books can also be read in the Kindle app.
Ebooks and audiobooks check out the same way they do at a physical library. You have a checkout limit (five items) and you might have to put a hold on a book and wait a while before it comes back again. But checking out books online is nice for a couple of reasons. Your books check back in automatically, so you don’t have to return anything and there are never any overdue fines. You can adjust the size of the text, so you don’t have to squint at small print. After you download an ebook or audiobook, you don’t need internet access to read or listen. My brother likes to download audiobooks and listen to them while he’s haying.
Right now, the Library2Go is offering magazines, too. There’s no limit on checkouts for magazines, so you can have as many out as you want. There’s no limit on how many people can have them checked out at one time, so you never have to wait. And there are thousands that you can browse through, including “Field & Stream,” “Reader’s Digest,” “National Geographic,” “Audubon Magazine,” “The New Yorker,” “Better Homes & Gardens,” “Cook’s Illustrated,” “Family Handyman,” and many, many more.
If you have any questions, please let us know! We’re happy to help.