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!

 

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 used 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*Important: If you're using a newer version of the OverDrive app, you'll see several options for signing into the app the first time you open it.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!

 

 

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 e-resources and databases through Power Library. Available to Berks County Public Libraries cardholders.