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Digital Media & Learning

Last Updated February 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.
  • Need help? Visit our full Libby Help site.
 
OverDrive
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.
NNELS 
  • 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.
Literature.org 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.
Bartleby.com: 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.


Finding and Borrowing Items & Placing Holds

Last Updated January 26, 2015

Finding & Borrowing eBooks & audioBooks

Placing Holds

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

 

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eBooks: Downloading to a Sony Wifi

Last Updated June 2, 2014

  1. Authorize your Sony Wifi:
    1. Skip ahead to Step 2 if you’ve already authorized your Sony eReader.
    2. Turn on your eReader and connect to a WiFi network.
    3. On the home screen, tap the “Reader Store” button.
    4. Choose "Create Account" and fill in the fields.
  2. Press the home button, and then go to the second home page (arrow is just under the "Collections" button).
  3. Press the "Public Library" button.
  4. If you don’t have a saved search:
    1. Enter your library's name, city, or province in the search box and search.
    2. Choose your library from the list of results.
    3. Choose your library system name from the following page.
  5. If you do have a saved search, press your library's name.
  6. Find and choose an eBook.  To best find a book that you can check out right away:
    1. Click on "eSearches".
    2. Under format choose "ePub".
    3. Click the "Only show copies with titles available" checkbox and search.
  7. Add the book to your cart and checkout.
  8. Enter the name of your library, and your library card number.
  9. Download your library book.
  10. Press the Home button, and your book will be in the "Recently Added" section.  Tap it to start reading.

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

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Transferring eBooks to an eReader (Kobo, Nook or other compatible device)

Last Updated June 2, 2014

Check the compatibility of your eReader to ensure it'll work with Library To Go. Watch a video about how to transfer eBooks.
  1. Make sure you’ve downloaded Adobe Digital Editions to your computer.
  2. Authorize Your eReader:
    1. Skip to Step 3 if you’ve already authorized your reader with your computer.
    2. Connect your device to your computer.
    3. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    4. Follow any instructions on your eReader's screen that say "Manage" or "Connect."
    5. Once your device is recognized, it should show up as an icon in the left-hand panel of Adobe Digital Editions in "Read" view.
  3. To copy a book to your eReader using Adobe Digital Editions, select the title and right click and copy to device, or drag and drop the eBook onto the device icon.
*Please note that the eBook collection is hosted on a Third Party website with its own set of privacy policies.  

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eBooks: Downloading to a Computer

Last Updated April 7, 2020

Download Adobe Digital Editions (free)

If you’ve already downloaded Adobe Digital Editions, skip this step and scroll down to Using Library To Go to Download an eBook.

  1. Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html
  2. Click “Download Now”.
  3. Choose Windows or Mac.
  4. Download and install the software.
  5. The first time you download, you’ll be prompted for your Adobe ID, which you can get by clicking on “Create Adobe ID” or going to https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html. This lets you transfer items across multiple devices. Once you have your ID and password, enter it into the Adobe Digital Editions installation screen (if you’re not prompted for the ID, click Help and Authorize Computer). Enter your Adobe ID and password and click “Authorize”.

Watch a video on how to download Adobe Digital Editions.

Using Library To Go to Download an eBook

  1. In your browser, go to Library 2Go, the eBook and audiobook catalogue.
  2. Browse or search for books.
  3. When you find an item you want to borrow, click on it to view more information.
  4. Click the “Borrow” button.  You’ll be prompted for your Library name and card number.
  5. Click the “Download” button.  The book should automatically download in Adobe Digital Editions.

Watch this video to learn how to read eBooks on your computer. For further help, visit Overdrive’s Help Centre.

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

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eBooks: Downloading to a Tablet or Smartphone

Last Updated June 2, 2014

You can download eBooks and audioBooks directly to your tablet or smartphone using an app – there’s no need for a computer.  With this app, you can only play MP3 audioBooks and read ePub eBooks. Check this list of compatible devices.

Download the OverDrive Media Console App (free)

If you've already downloaded this app, skip ahead to Open the OverDrive Media Console App.
  • On your device, visit the app store and search for OverDrive; download and install the OverDrive App.
  • Alternatively, on your device, go to  OverDrive App website; choose the version for your device (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8); download and install the OverDrive App
  • During the installation,  you will be prompted to do one of the following:
    • Sign up for an OverDrive Account (if you don't already have one, follow the prompts. This will allow you to read an eBook across multiple devices and sync your progress and bookmarks). Note: OverDrive will send a verification email to your email account.
    • Sign In with your OverDrive Account (if you have previously created one)
    • "I am under 13 years old. Continue"  (you can choose this option if you want to anonymously authorize the app, if you will not be reading or listening to books across multiple devices, or if you want to authorize your device with a pre-existing Adobe ID.)
  • You will need to "Add a Library"
  • Tap the Home menu icon in the top left corner
  • Tap “Add Library” and search for your home library.  Tap on your library’s name and then tap on “British Columbia Libraries”.
  • You are now ready to Find & Borrow eBooks

Open the OverDrive Media Console App

  1. If you haven’t already clicked through to BC Libraries, from the app’s home page tap the Get Books icon in the top right corner.  Tap on British Columbia Libraries.  This takes you to the website where you can browse for items.
  2. When you find an item you want, tap on it and then tap “Borrow”.  If you see "Place Hold" instead of "Borrow", the item is not currently available.  You can place a hold if you wish, then return to searching for an available title.
  3. After you enter your information, you will be taken to your account page. The title is now checked out to you. The next step is to download it.
  4. You can complete the download at any time during the loan period by signing in to your account and going to the Bookshelf section. Select a format if necessary and tap the download button. The book will begin to download.  EPUB eBooks take only a moment; audiobooks take significantly longer. Connect to a wifi network to save data for audiobooks.
  5. Once the title is downloaded, tap on "Bookshelf".
  6. Then tap on the title to read or listen.

Watch these videos that explain how to download to your specific device:

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

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