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With Media on Demand from OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, and more from your library's digital collection. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps:
1. Find your library
Find and open your library or school's digital collection using one of the following:
- Our new Libby app (recommended for public library users on Android, iOS, or Windows 10)
- The original OverDrive app (for all other library users on Android, Chromebooks, iOS, Fire tablets, or Windows 8/10)
- OverDrive.com (for any user on a Windows or Mac computer)
- Lansing's Collection of Digital Content
Borrow a title from your library or school's digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.
You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed eBooks to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.
You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible eReaders or MP3 players.
For more help using OverDrive, check out the detailed guides below.
Subscription from Overdrive. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.
How Do I Use Freading Ebooks?
1) You need to have a valid library card from a library that has contracted the Freading eBook Service. Although www.freading.com is visible on the World Wide Web, you will be prompted for a valid library card before you can actually download a book. Only library cards from subscribing libraries will work. Valid users can enter the site either from the web or via their subscribing library web site.
2) You need to decide on what device that you will read the eBooks. The most popular devices that are compatible with Freading eBooks are:
- Any computer or laptop running a Windows or Mac platform with at least a modest hard drive, some free RAM, and a browser that has been updated in the past year or two. Major browsers such as IE, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome will show the site just fine.
- The nook family of devices from Barnes & Noble. We have specifically tested the nook Color and the Simple Touch Reader. The nook devices are not compatible with direct wireless downloading of Freading eBooks, but they accept transfers from your PC or Mac through a simple process.
- The Apple iPad® and iPhone®. The Freading eBook service has a free application in the Apple App Store which you can download. Accessing content is easy, you just hit “get books” at the bottom of the app. **Note: with Adobe Digital Editions (the DRM software) you must do a one-time activation of your device.
- Most Android™ based tablets and phones. We say “most” because some devices are Android based, but do not allow access to the full Android App Market, but a subset of that store. The Freading eBook Service has a free application in the Android app Market, and tablets that allow you to download the app include tablets from Motorola, Sony, Samsung and Acer, among others. Downloading is possible from within the Freading Android App.
- The Kobo Ereader and Vox tablet. The Freading App is in the Getjar App store.
- The Kindle Fire, but not other Kindle Devices. The Kindle Fire accepts 3rd party apps through a few extra steps as indicated below.
3) All mobile device users will need an Adobe ID in order to activate their Freading app for use. If users do not already have an Adobe ID, they can create an ID by visiting the Adobe website .
eReader users (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo) will also need an Adobe ID in order to utilize the Adobe® Digital Editions software on their PC. Adobe Digital Editions is a software program similar to iTunes in that it manages downloads and stores the eBooks on your PC. The Freading eBook site can tell you whether the Adobe Digital Editions software is on your computer. You can follow the link on the Freading homepage to download the Adobe Digital Editions software for free.
If the eReading device is not compatible with the Freading app (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo), then the eBooks will need to be transferred from their PC to their eReader through the Adobe Digital Editions software.
Subscription from Freading (Library Ideas). Lansing Public Library Card required for access.
We've partnered with BiblioLabs to bring your patrons a library of e-books that are available to any Illinois resident.
Your BiblioBoard access from RAILS includes several content modules:
- Recovering the Classics - Public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images
- Popup Picks - Collections that change quarterly, that include hand-picked books from expert librarian curators
- Indie Illinois - Books for all ages by independently published Illinois authors
- Library Journal SELF-e Select - General and genre fiction by independently published authors, selected by Library Journal
- Scholarly Resources - Open educational resources (OERs) for students, covering many subjects. See more information below.
- Bodleian Library collection - Items from Oxford University's Bodleian Library
- BiblioBoard Core and BiblioBoard Access collections - Articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics
- Plympton collection - Children's and young adult fiction from Plympton, Inc.
There is no limit on simultaneous use; items can be read by 1 or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.
Access to BiblioBoard
BiblioBoard Library provides geolocation-based authentication through the IP address of the user's computer or GPS coordinates of their mobile device. Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account.
Your patrons have access to the collections through:
- BiblioBoard app for iOS (from the iTunes App Store)
- BiblioBoard app for Android (from the Google Play Store)
Because BiblioBoard authenticates by the user's location, visiting the website or opening the app gives your patrons access to e-books without needing to enter a library card number or other login.
We strongly encourage your patrons to create an account profile the first time they visit the collection. A BiblioBoard Library profile will allow access while outside of Illinois, as well as the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.
Links to some of the individual content modules:
Open Educational Resource (OER) Collections
BiblioBoard provides your patrons with access to a variety of open educational resource materials for unlimited use and download. For example, the Knowledge Unlatched anthology includes over 100 scholarly journals and books covering a variety of fields, including anthropology, gender studies, health and medicine, history, music and performing arts, political science, religious studies, and more.
OER materials are available in BiblioBoard on many subjects:
- Accounting, Finance, and Economics
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Business Management and Leadership
- Computer Science and Information Systems
- Education and Teaching
- History and Political Science
- Language Arts and Literary Criticism
- Legal Studies
- Marketing and Communication
- Psychology and Social Sciences
Subscription made possible by RAILS. No library card needed as long as you are in Illinois when you download the books.
If you are planning on traveling,setup an account, and you'll be able to download additional content while on the go!