New eBook App Replacing cloudLibrary

We’re excited to announce that we are moving to a new eBook and eAudiobook platform: Libby! This will be replacing cloudLibrary on July 1.

Libby will still give you access to a great collection, but will provide you with a better user experience and provide a more seamless login with your NetID and password.

To prepare for this switch, we recommend that you make a list of any books you have saved in cloudLibrary since these will not be transferred over. Once Libby is available, you will need to add them manually to the Libby app. See image below for where to find your Saved list in cloudLibrary.

Saved list in cloudLibrary

More info about this change will be coming soon. For a sneak peek at some of Libby’s features, watch the Meet Libby video.

Recipes for the Summer

We all know that we are still in the summer season, but it is nearly coming to an end. So we thought it’d be a great time to share some summer recipes so you can continue holding onto that summer season spirit!

Check out these ten cookbooks from cloudLibrary if you some need ideas for something to cook for yourself and your family!

  1. Egg Shop
  2. Eat Delicious
  3. Vegetarian Classics
  4. Summer: A Cookbook
  5. The Campout Cookbook
  6. The Chelsea Market Cookbook
  7. The Wild Food Cookbook
  8. The $7 Meals Cookbook
  9. The Short Stack Cookbook
  10. The Good-to-Go Cookbook

Our cloudLibrary app isn’t only for cookbooks, there’s plenty of other books for you to read and listen to! Feel free to check it out for yourself. Don’t worry, it’s FREE!!

Suggest eBooks & eAudiobooks in cloudLibrary

Have you been looking forward to reading your favorite author’s newest book? Or are you in the mood to listen to one of your childhood favorites on audiobook and can’t find it in our collection? Well, you’re in luck! You can suggest that Brookens Library purchase an eBook or eAudiobook that we don’t own in cloudLibrary.

Check out how to suggest an eBook or eAudiobook directly from our mobile app.

If you don’t already have the cloudLibrary app you can download it for free from your preferred app store! Once it’s downloaded on your device, you are ready to let us know what title(s) you’d like us to add to our cloudLibrary collection! 

  1. In the cloudLibrary app, click ‘Search’ at the bottom of the screen. Type the title of the book you want to find in the search bar.

  1. If we do not have the book, click on the filter icon at the top right hand corner. Make sure ‘Suggestions for library’ is selected, and hit ‘Save.’

  1. Now, your book should show up in the results if its available to suggest for purchase. Click ‘Suggest.’ And that’s it! Your suggestion will be considered for purchase.

Winter reads

We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward to a peaceful winter break.  To help you relax and refresh, we’ve compiled a list of winter read recommendations in our Cloud Library collection.  These downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessible from wherever you are spending your break with the free app

covers of featured books: Let it Snow, Mr. Dickens and His Carol, One Day in December, Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe.
Book covers of featured books: Twelve days of Dash and Lily, What Lights, Winter in Paradise, The Winter Soldier.

Unfamiliar with the downloadable eBooks or eAudiobooks in our Cloud Library collection?  Learn more here, and, as always, we’ll be happy to help you download the free app and set up your account at the library main desk. Enjoy your break!

Thanksgiving Break Reads

Whether you’re on the road, on the rails, or in the air for the Thanksgiving break, be sure to download one of our eAudiobooks from the Cloud Library collection for your travels. Yes, we’re sure that you have homework to do over the break, but take advantage of your journey to restore by immersing yourself in a mystery, another world, or someone else’s story.  To help you find the perfect book we’ve created a featured shelf to serve as inspiration. And of course our regular New eAudiobook shelf is there to alert you to new additions to the collection.

Here are a few of the titles on our Road trip list. Visit our Cloudlibrary collection to see the full list. Never used CloudLibrary? Learn how to download the app and browse on your mobile device with our support page.

cover art of highlighted titles including The Last House Guest, Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered, This Will Only Hurt a Little, Dare to Lead.
Cover art of highlighted titles including: How to Be Safe, Look Alive Out There, This is Me, How to American.
Cover art of highlighted titles including Dry, Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, My Plain Jane, Our Towns.

cloudLibrary App Update

Our downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection, cloudLibrary, launched a significant app update today. The app has a new fresh look along with some new features. Don’t have the app? Now’s a great time to download the newest version.

Image of cell phone with app displayed. Tagline: Borrowing just got better.

To ensure you’re using the new app interface, first update the app in your device’s app system. If the app looks the same after you’ve updated the app, you’ll need to log out of the app and then log back in to force the change. To log out of the previous app, you’ll click on the menu icon (3 vertically stacked lines on top left hand corner), then settings, then press the log out button at the bottom of the page. At that point, follow the prompts to log back into the app. To do so you’ll need your library barcode number. This number is located on the front of your i-Card and starts with the numbers 2141. Once you’ve updated the app, here are some of the changes you’ll see.

Navigation: Previously, the apps main navigation was hidden behind a menu icon. Now the navigation is always present at the bottom of your screen.

Image of navigation at bottom of app screen which includes buttons for Home, My Books, Browse, and Account.

Books of Interest: Books you are interested in reading were previously “flagged”. Now you will use the save button. Books you had flagged can now be found on the “Saved” tab when you’re on the My Books page.

Browsing the Collection: Previously, the browsing section fo the app would show a large portion of the collection all at once. For many, this screen was overwhelming and simply had too many books on it that weren’t relevant to the user. Now, the browsing section has a page called favorites where you can select your favorite genres and only see categories of books that interest you.

Series: If you’re reading a book in the series, you can now quickly see if there are other books in the series and if the library owns them. When looking at a Book Detail page you’ll see a series link listed (shown in the image below). While we are very excited by this new feature, our testing of the new system has uncovered some inconsistencies with this feature. We’re in contact with cloudLibrary support, and hope they’ll improve this feature soon.

Image of Book Detail page for the Book China Rich Girlfriend indicating the series link that is provided on this page.

Other new features include the ability to customize the color scheme and a customizable badge icon along with other changes to general layout and look and feel of the app. For assistance with the cloudLibrary app, please stop by the library main desk or call us at 217-206-6618.

Happy Reading!

eAudiobooks Available in Cloud Library!

Whether you’re on the road, on the rails, or in the air for the Thanksgiving break, be sure to download one of our eAudiobooks from the Cloud Library collection for your travels. Yes, we’re sure that you have homework to do over the break, but take advantage of your journey to restore by immersing yourself in a mystery, another world, or someone else’s story.  To help you find the perfect book we’ve created some featured shelves to serve as inspiration: Memoir eAudio, Fantasy/SciFi eAudio, and Suspense eAudio. And of course our regular New eAudiobook shelf is there to alert you to new additions to the collection. We wish you a restorative break, safe travels, and happy listening!