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What is cloudLibrary?

Browse a growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, youth, and kids from cloudLibrary for listening or reading on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Read and listen through the mobile or desktop app. Looking for readaloud stories for kids? Check out Tumblebooks!

 

How do I read eBooks or eAudiobooks on cloudLibrary?

cloudLibrary can be accessed from any computer or mobile device through a web browser, or through the apps for iOS and Android.

To start using cloudLibrary on a computer:

  • Visit cloudLibrary in your web browser. 
  • Click the ‘Login’ button in the upper left corner of your screen. 
  • Enter your Library Card and PIN, then click ‘Log In’ to continue.
  • Review the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and End User License Agreement, then click ‘Accept’ to continue.
  • You’re all set! Start browsing or searching the collection to find your next great reading or listening experience.

To start using cloudLibrary on a smartphone or tablet

  • Download the cloudLibrary app from the app store on your device (scroll down to find your app listed here)
  • Once your download is complete, open the app and follow the prompts on your screen:
  • Select your language, then tap the screen to continue.
  • Tap ‘Select Country’ and choose Canada. Tap ‘Select State/Region’ and choose Ontario. Tap ‘Select Library’ and choose Thunder Bay Public Library. Click ‘Next’ when you’re ready to continue.
  • Review the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and End User License Agreement, then click ‘Accept’ to continue.
  • Enter your Library Card and PIN, then click ‘Log In’ to continue.
  • You’re all set! Start browsing or searching the collection to find your next great reading or listening experience.

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*cloudLibrary is currently not compatible with Kindle e-Ink reader devices (i.e., Paperwhite, Oasis). If you would like to read eBooks from the library on your Kindle, please email kindle-feedback@amazon.com and request that Amazon allow compatibility with cloudLibrary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many items can I check out?

How many holds can I place at one time?

How long can I borrow an item for?

How do I renew a borrowed item?

How do I return a borrowed item?

How do I suggest a title for purchase?

Why do some titles 'disappear'?

How many items can I check out?

Up to 10 items at a time. If you’ve reached your checkout limit, you can choose to return a title early in order to borrow a different title. Materials you have borrowed from the physical library do not count towards this limit.

How many holds can I place at one time?

Up to 10 items at a time. If you’ve reached your holds limit, you can choose to remove your hold from a title in order to place a different title on hold.

How long can I borrow an item for?

Fourteen (14) days. After this time period, your item will automatically expire. 

How do I renew a borrowed item?

If the item is eligible for renewal, a ‘Renew’ button will appear for the item under ‘My Books’ in the cloudLibrary web platform and mobile apps. An item that is on hold for another user is not eligible for renewal. In this case, if you want to borrow the item again, you will need to place a hold once your loan has expired. 

How do I return a borrowed item?

In the cloudLibrary web platform or mobile app, go to ‘My Books’ and click on the ‘Return’ button for the item (located under the ‘Read’ button). 

How do I suggest a title for purchase?

Can’t find what you’re searching for? Let us know! To suggest eBooks and eAudiobooks, we encourage you to submit your purchase suggestion through cloudLibrary in the following ways:

  • In the cloudLibrary web platform, select the Menu (three lines) in the upper left corner of the screen. Click ‘Filters’, then select ‘Suggest to Library’. Now you can click ‘Browse’ under the Menu to see all titles available to suggest, or tap the ‘Search’ field to search for a title. When you find a title, click on the ‘Suggest to Library’ button.
  • In the cloudLibrary™ mobile app, go to the 'Browse' menu, select the ‘Suggestions for Library’ view under ‘Filters’, search for your title or browse under 'All', and click on the ‘Suggest to Library’ button. 

When a title you suggested is purchased for the collection, it will come available for you to borrow just like a hold. 

Why do some titles ‘disappear’?

Thunder Bay Public Library has partnered with public libraries across Ontario to form a cloudLinking consortium. Basically, cloudLinking allows participating libraries to pool eBook & eAudiobook collections together on cloudLibrary, providing a greater selection of titles and more ‘available now’ copies to library cardholders. The reason why some titles may seem to ‘disappear’ in cloudLibrary is because they belong to another library within the consortium and have been borrowed. These titles will reappear once they are returned and available to borrow again. All TBPL owned titles remain visible, borrowable, and holdable on cloudLibrary regardless of their availability status. 

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