Get Started with eDownloads

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Access everything your library has to offer no matter where you are including  e-books, audiobooks, movies, and more. There are several ways to borrow your library’s e-media—create your accounts and enjoy your e-media from your tablet, smartphone, or computer.

If this is your first time using e-downloads, follow the instructions below on how to get started. It’s easy!

 

EBSCO

1. Before you download e-books

You will need:

  • EBSCO e-books App (recommended app available free for both iOS and Android)

  • My EBSCO account credentials (Personal User Account)

  • Depending on your library’s settings, you may also need a library login.

2. Authorizing the App

  • After downloading the EBSCO e-books app, open the app and tap Authorize to enable your device.

  • Tap Find Books and use the library locator to select Berks County Public Libraries in the app before you can search for and download e-books to your device.

3. Finding and Downloading

  • Tap Find Books to access the search screen.

  • Enter your search terms and tap the magnifying glass icon or select a category in the Browse area to run a search on the app.

  • Tap the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

  • Log in to your personal My EBSCOhost folder or tap Create a new Account if you do not already have one.

  • Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and tap the Checkout & Download button. The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your My EBSCO folder and begins to download to your device.

  • Tap Read Now to begin reading or you can continue to search for more e-books to download to your device.

 

 

Hoopla

1. Create Your Account

  • Begin by clicking the “Get Started” button in the header.

  • Select Berks County Public Libraries from the drop down list.

  • Enter the number on the back of your library card.

  • Enter your PIN (default is the last four digits of your phone number connected with your library card registration) Forgot your PIN? Have it emailed to you from your Berks County Public Libraries account.

  • Fill out your email and create a password (this will be sued for future logins).

  • Confirm your account to get started.

2. Borrow

Search the online catalogue and borrow a title from the collection. You are allowed to borrow up to 5 titles per month. You can check how many borrows you have available on the main Hoopla page.

3. Enjoy

Your account is now set up. Log in with the email and password you provided when getting started. Browse through thousands of titles to download and enjoy instantly.

 

 

OverDrive

1. Sign into your library

  • If you have a library card, your OverDrive account already exists. If not already selected, choose Reading Public Library.

  • Enter the number on the back of your library card.

  • Enter your PIN (default is the last four digits of your phone number connected with your library card registration) Forgot your PIN? Have it emailed to you from your Berks County Public Libraries account.

*Important: If you're using a newer version of the OverDrive app, you'll see several options for signing into the app the first time you open it. It's important to always sign into the app using the same method (you'll be asked to sign in again if you uninstall and reinstall the app, or install it on a new device). This is especially important if you download e-books in the app, because if you download an e-book under one sign-in (or "authorization") method, you can't download it again under a different one.

2. Borrow

Search the online catalogue and borrow a title from your library’s collection. Place holds and you’ll be contacted when they are available.

3. Enjoy

You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed e-books to a Kindle device for the duration of your lending period.

You can also transfer titles from your computer to compatible e-readers or MP3 players.

Titles are automatically returned for you at the end of your borrowing period. Never worry about late fees!

 

 

RBdigital

1. Create your account

Click “Register” in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen to create an account. Fill out your information in the spaces provided. Passwords must be at least four characters long and can contain both numbers and letters. Passwords are case sensitive. Usernames are not.

2. Borrow

Click the search icon at the top right of the page to begin your search. Enter a keyword in the search bar or used the Advanced Search option.

3. Enjoy

Download to various devices to listen. Titles will be automatically returned at the end of their borrowing period.
 

 

Power Library

1. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Libraries across Pennsylvania have collaborated to create this shared catalog of their collections. PA libraries also lend materials to other libraries. If the item you are looking for is located at a library that is not close to you, contact your local library to ask about an "interlibrary" loan. Because libraries acquire new materials daily, listings are updated on a regular basis. If you do not find what you are looking for this time, check back again at a later time.

2. Databases

Access EBSCO and other databases through Power Library. Instructions on using EBSCO with your local library card can be found above