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I love reading. I miss the days when I was rewarded for reading with a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This love of reading has brought about a love of collecting books. However, when it came time to move from the U.S. to Europe, I had to choose which books came with me and which books went to the storage unit for the years we would live overseas.

Once I got here, I realized that I wanted to read some of the books that had been deemed “storage unit books,” and found myself looking at the on-base library; sometimes having success and sometimes not. Then, I found myself scouring used book websites like Thriftbooks, but that led to owning two copies of the same book. As much as I like collecting books, I knew constantly buying books was not the best solution.

In came the Libby App.

Libby is an app that allows you to use your library card to access 36,000 e-books, 35,000 audiobooks, 5,0000 magazines, plenty of courses and more for free. The best part is that you can use your DOD ID to access the app.

While Libby hasn’t had every book I have searched for, it has saved me more than once from purchasing another book. If you have a DOD ID and want to try Libby for yourself, there are just a few simple steps.

  1. Download the Libby App.

  2. When prompted with “Do you have a library card?” click “Not Yet”

  3. Click “Find Libraries Nearby”

  4. Search for “MWR DOD” in libraries and click on “Department of Defense”

  5. Click “Sign in with my Card”

  6. Choose “DOD MWR Libraries”

  7. Verify identity with DOD ID Number and you will be assigned a “Linked Card”

  8. Enjoy all the free items you now have access to

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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