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Digital Media & Learning

Last Updated June 11, 2021


Libby, by Overdrive
  • Libby is the new app to enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from Overdrive
  • Easy to get started for first-time users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users.
  • Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for smartphones and tablets.
  • Can also be used on a computer in a web browser.
  • Need help? Visit Libby Help site.
Gale Courses
  • Tons of free online courses that cover a large array of subjects
  • Click here to find out about on-line learning with GALE courses.
Linkedin Learning 
  • Over 16,000 free online courses that cover a large array of subjects
  • Click here to find out about on-line learning with Linkedin Learning
  • For people with print disabilities, digital talking books are available from NNELS.  Contact us to register as a qualified print disabled patron, and obtain your password, then log in with your library card.

*Please note that these collections are hosted on Third Party websites with their own privacy policies.



eBook Websites

Last Updated January 27, 2021

Here’s a list of websites offering eBooks for download:

Project Gutenberg 30,000 free books online. The online literature library – unabridged.
NovelGuide Novel resource guide and literature.
Bibliomania Free online literature and study guides.
Read Print Online Books, Poems, Short Stories. Great Books Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more.
Shakespeare’s Sonnets A comprehensive site of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.
International Children’s Digital Library Read free children books online.

About the eBook, audioBook, and eMagazine Service

Last Updated June 16, 2021

What is Libby?

Libby is a free downloadable app that offers a collection of  eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for free download.

Where to find Libby?

or from with a computer in a web browser.

What Devices are Libby Compatible With?

iPads and iPhones running iOS 9.0 or newer
Android tablets and smartphones running Android 5.0
Windows computer, Mac computer, or a Chromebook, you can use Libby in your web browser at We suggest using the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge (Chromium).

Questions? or need more help?

Click here to see our help page on how to use Libby.
Get Libby Support by clicking here
Get Overdrive Support by clicking here

Check out these useful Libby video tutorials.

*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.

Borrow from other libraries

Last Updated September 24, 2020

You can search our Catalogue to see if we have an item in our Collection (how to).

But there may be times when you want to borrow from another BC Library:

  1. You couldn’t find what you were looking for in your home library.
  2. You happen to be visiting another BC Library.

Requesting Books to be Delivered to Your Home Library

If you weren’t able to find the item you wanted in our collection, try searching for it in other Libraries throughout BC:

Interlibrary Connect

BC Interlibrary Connect:

On the Search Catalogue page, change the Search Library drop-down to search BC Interlibrary Connect (at the top of the list of libraries).  Place a hold on the book and it will be transferred for pick up at the Vanderhoof Public Library.


If you cannot find it through BC InterlibraryConnect (above), you can also try  Illume, a catalogue for the remaining BC libraries.  When you request an item from another library, it will be delivered to your home library for pick up!

Click here for Help in Searching Illume

Visiting Other BC Libraries

bc-one-cardBC OneCard:

If you’re on the road and stop to visit another BC public library, you can easily borrow items there. The best part is that you can return these items to any other BC public library, so if you’re traveling through BC, it’s easy to drop items off as you go. We call this program BC OneCard. For more information on how to do this, check our BC OneCard page (please note that borrowing policies may vary slightly between libraries).


Searching illume

Last Updated July 18, 2019

If you have searched our catalogue through BC InterLibrary Connect, and cannot find the book you want, another option is the inter-library loan platform called Illume.

Access Illume

Click to access the illume website.

No Log-in necessary.



  1. Click on “Advanced” in the top right of the page to narrow your search.
  2. Enter your search terms in the available boxes.
  3. You can change the drop-down menus to search by the appropriate field (e.g. title, author, ISBN, etc.)
  4. Click the “Search * Records” button in the bottom right corner.
  5. A list of items in BC Libraries will be displayed.  Click on a title for more detailed information (opens a new window).
  6. If this is the title you want, click the “Request this Item” button in the left column.
  7. In the appropriate fields, enter your Last Name, First Name, Create a Password, and Phone Number.  (You may also enter an email address for notification when the book arrives; otherwise you will receive a phone call.)
  8. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom right of the page.
  9. You may close the request window and go back to the search page for more titles.



Sign Up for a Library Card

Last Updated April 3, 2020

Permanent residents may join the library free of charge with proof of residency.  The non-resident fee is $20 per year for a family membership.  (Those who live in the Cluculz Lake area are considered non-residents for library membership because they have chosen not to be included in our tax base.)

If you are home-bound and cannot make a personal visit to the Library, we may be able to issue a membership over the phone or by email.  Call 250-567-4060 or email

Members of other BC libraries may be eligible for a BC OneCard, which would give them borrowing privileges at Vanderhoof Public Library.

Library card holders’ rights and responsibilities

You are responsible for all the materials borrowed on your card and for any charges on items that are overdue, lost, or damaged. (See Loan Periods and Fines for details). Your library card provides access to licensed databases from outside the library. You may also search our catalogue from home via the Internet, and access your account to place holds, keep lists and renew items.

Lost or stolen cards

If you lose your library card, you are responsible for any items checked out on your card.  You must report it as lost immediately and we will flag your account so that no one else can use it. There is a $3 charge to replace a lost card.

Change of address or password

It is important for us to have your current information. If you change your address or other personal information, contact the library and we will update your record.

To change your PIN number, log in to your account, click on the “Account Preferences” tab, and change your password.

Download eBooks, Audiobooks & eMagazines

Last Updated September 10, 2021

Libby allows you to browse a collection of eBooks, audioBooks, and eMagazines and download or read them on your computer or mobile device. This service is free with the use of your library card. Click here to learn more about Libby.

Watch these helpful video tutorials to learn how to use Libby

Download the Libby App

Get the Libby App for free from your app store, available for:

  • iPads and iPhones running iOS 9.0 or newer from the Apple Appstore
  • Android tablets and smartphones running Android 5.0 and newer from Google Play

Add your library card to the Libby App

When you first open the Libby App, follow the on-screen prompts to add your library name, Vanderhoof Public Library, and to add your library card number (no spaces)

After your information is entered, the digital book collection will open in the Libby App.

Find eBooks, eAudiobooks, and e-Magazines

To search for a book, tap the Search icon (Magnifying Glass) at the bottom of the screen and enter the title, author, or topic.

To browse through collection, tap the Library icon (Library Card), then tap on a featured subject or list.

Tap on the cover image of the book if you want to see its info page, which has book summaries, samples, read-alikes, and lending options.

Results List Preferences

You can set list preferences to filter your search results. That way, you’ll only see content you’re interested in when browsing and searching.

When searching for books, tap Preferences. Select your desired availability, format, language, audience, and sorting options, then tap Apply Preferences.

Placing Holds

Place Hold link means the book is out on loan to another patron. Tap on Place Hold to be put on a waiting list for digital books out on loan.

When your hold becomes available, you will be notified, and you will have a 3-day window go to your Shelf and borrow your book. Can you place up to 7 items on hold.


Borrow link means the book is available.

Tap Borrow or the blue rectangle to check-out the book.

On the next screen, confirm or change your loan period. Tap the underlined loan period link and select the new loan period (7, 14, or 21 days – The loan period you choose will also be used for the next book you borrow). You can borrow up to 7 items at one time.

Tap Borrow! to confirm.

On the You have borrowed screen, you have three option you can choose

  • Open Book or Open Audiobook – Start reading or listening right away! If you are on a Wi-Fi connection, the book will immediately download. Download completion is indicated by the checkmark icon found next to the cover image of the book.
  • Keep Browsing – To find more digital books to borrow.
  • Go To Shelf – To view all of your current Loans and Holds.

Download your Book

If you are on a Wi-Fi connection, your book gets downloaded to your Shelf immediately. Tap Open Book to start enjoying it right away.

If your book has not already downloaded, you can do so from the Shelf screen:

Tap the Download icon (cloud and arrow) next to the cover image of the book

In the box that appears, tap Download to confirm.

Once the download is complete, tap Open in Libby and enjoy!

Read or Listen Online

If your book Download icon (cloud and arrow) next to it, that means it is not yet downloaded and you can read or listen to it over an internet connection (Wi-Fi recommended).

This option is useful if you want to save space on your mobile device. Just tap the cover image to start reading!

Managing your Download Settings

The default download setting for the Libby App is that loans will download automatically over a Wi-Fi connection.

You can change these settings in the app.

  • Tap the Shelf icon (Bookstack)
  • Tap Loans.
  • Tap Actions.
  • Tap Change Download Rules.

Follow the on-screen directions to select the options you want.


You can renew a book within 3 days of the end of its lending period.

  • Open the Libby App.
  • Tap Shelf.
  • Tap Loans.
  • Tap Manage Loan.
  • Tap Renew Loan, then Renew to confirm.

The item’s new loan period begins the day of the renewal.

If there are holds on the book, you will see a Place a Hold link instead. Tap on this link to request the book again, you will be added to the waiting list for the book.

Early Returns

Books are automatically removed from your library account on its due date. You can return them early, too:

  • Open the Libby App.
  • Tap Shelf.
  • Tap Loans.
  • Tap Manage Loan.
  • Tap Return Early, then Return to confirm.

Manage Notifications

The Libby App offers push notifications, these are messages that appear on the screen of the smartphone or tablet you are using Libby on. They tell you when holds are ready, when loans are expiring, and more.

You can manage which notifications to receive, or you set up to receive emailed notifications.

Managing push notifications

You can choose which notifications you would like to receive from the Libby App, here is how to do it:

From the Libby App.

  • Tap the Libby icon in the top right corner.
  • Tap Manage Notifications (you may need to swipe to clear any notifications that are currently there).
  • Tap the options on-screen to choose how you would like to be notified about what is happening with your book: Ignore means no notification, Menu badge displays an in-app menu notification, and Notification means you get a push notification.

These notifications are device-specific – if you have Libby App on your smartphone and on your tablet, you can set up Manage Notifications for each one so that notifications do not display on your smartphone and that they are displayed on your tablet.

Set up Email Notifications

If you have a smartphone or tablet that doesn’t support push notifications (or if you have push notifications turned off for your apps through your device’s settings), you can receive notifications by email. The Libby App will display notifications in its menu, by default, so here is how to set up email notifications.

From the Libby App.

  • Tap the Libby icon in the top right corner.
  • Tap Manage Notifications (you may need to swipe to clear any notifications that are currently there).
  • Receive Email Notifications option may appear in the Manage Notifications menu, if you need set your email address.
  • Next, you can select Email Notice when you want to be emailed about your digital book.
  • To change your email address, scroll down to the bottom of the Manage Notifications screen and select the Change this? link.

*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.