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How to borrow eBooks from the library

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Many users of eReaders actively seek out free eBooks to download to their e-reading device, unaware that the best source of bestsellers and other popular eBooks free of charge is the local public library. You can in fact borrow library books on an eReader.

Not only does the process of borrowing an eBook work similarly to borrowing physical books from the library, there is the added bonus of not needing to visit the library to borrow or return eBooks.

About borrowing eBooks

Not all library systems offer the same eBook selections, even though they all access the same eBook provider. If you find the selection through your library system is less than ideal, you may want to consider obtaining a non-resident library card from a larger library system. Most libraries charge a fee for a non-resident card, but if you read a lot it might still end up cheaper than purchasing the books your library does not have available. Remember, with eBooks you don't need to borrow or return them in person so you could consider borrowing books from a library in a city or metro area. Check with the library on their non-resident library card policy and how you can obtain one.

Because borrowing eBooks from the library is done via the library system's web catalog, the specific directions on finding books and checking them out will vary depending on the way the library has designed their web page. Consult your library for specific instructions on navigating their web catalog.

The loan period for the eBook will vary depending on the policy of your particular library system. Once the book is due, it will "self-destruct", so to speak, and you will be unable to read it without re-borrowing it.

What you need to borrow eBooks from the library

How to download ebooks from the library

  1. Login to your library's web catalog via your computer.
  2. Search their eBook catalog and borrow an eBook you find interesting.
  3. You will be given the option to download the book to your computer. When the dialog box pops up, select the option to Open file with Adobe Digital Editions.
  4. The book you downloaded will appear in the library section of Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Connect your eReader to your computer.
  6. You will be prompted to authorize the eReader to access Adobe Digital Editions. You will also need an Adobe ID to complete the authorization process. You will be prompted to setup an Adobe ID if you don't have one.
  7. When you have completed the authorization process, your eReader will appear on the lower left side of the screen on Adobe Digital Editions.
  8. Click on the book in the library section of Adobe Digital Editions, and drag it over the icon representing your eReader. There should be a green dot type icon that appears. Release your mouse button.
  9. A dialogue should appear saying the file is transferring.
  10. Finally, click on the icon for your eReader to confirm the book you transferred is now listed in your eReader's library.

Note: This process works for an iPad, a Kindle (with your Amazon login information), and a Nook in addition to any device such as a Chromebook which has the appropriate app installed.

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