Cloud Library is an App that gives you access to our Ebook and eAudioBook Collections. You can download popular reading materials to take with you on-the-go! Getting started is easy. We have included step-by-step instructions to get Cloud Library on your device:
Downloading and Logging In
1. Download the Cloud Library App from your app store.
2. Log into the app
a. Select Illinois
b. University of Illinois Springfield
c. And enter your Library ID number: (NOT YOUR UIN NUMBER) – This is the barcode number on your card.
1. You can browse books or search by title/author
2. Once you’ve selected a book you’d like to read. Tap on the cover and then tap “Borrow”
3. The book will now download to your device and will be available in your account for 14 days.
4. To get to your book from the browse screen, tap the menu icon and tap “My Books”
1. Tap the Menu icon in the top left-hand side
2. Tap “My Books”
3. Press and hold the book you’d like to return
4. Tap “Return”
5. Tap “Yes”
Featured: Includes titles we are featuring around a theme or titles that are new to the collection.
Browse: This view allows you to browse the entire collection and filter it by genre.
My Books: This is where you will find the book you currently have checked out, on hold, have previously checked out, and/or have flagged.
Settings: Here you can adjust your contact information and adjust app settings such as whether or not items can be downloaded using cellular data.
Filters: Filters let you decide what you want to see when your search. You can limit to ebook only or
audiobook only as well as decide if you want to search only what is currently available for checkout, what the library currently owns, or every title in the systems including those not owned by the library that are available to recommend.
How to make book suggestions for the Cloud Library collection:
Did you know that you can make suggestions for books you would like for us to purchase in our Cloud Library Collection (Cloud Library is the App where you can access our eBook and eAudioBook collections)? You absolutely can! But we’ll admit, figuring out how to locate books in the app that are available to suggest for purchase can be a little tricky. So here are some step-by-step instructions to show you how.
Start by opening the app, and tapping the 3 blue lines in the top left hand corner to open the menu, and tap Filters.
This will take you to the options for how your searches are filtered. The app defaults to only search titles already owned by the library. To see all of the titles available in the Cloud Library system, tap Suggestions for Library. Now when searching you will see titles that the library owns, as well as items that are available for us to add to collection.
Now you’re ready to search. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right of the screen. And type in your title where it says Enter search criteria.
If the book you are looking for is available to suggest to the library you will see it in the results list, with a blue Suggest button next to it. This collection has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll know if the item is an audiobook if there is a headphones icon in the bottom right of the cover image for the book. Be sure that you’re suggesting the format you’d prefer when both are available. When we purchase a book that you have suggested, an automatic hold will be placed on it for you. You have 5 days to check out an item before the hold expires.
It is important to us that this collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, has the titles that you want to read. While we can’t guarantee we’ll buy every suggestion we receive, we certainly prioritize them when buying new items for the collection.
If you’re not yet familiar with the Cloud Library collection, learn more about how to download the free app here. You’ll need an active library account with Brookens to set up your account.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask for help at the main desk.
We hope your semester has been successful and that you are looking forward 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. 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!
Finals Week can be a stressful time of the year. With that in mind, we set up two de-stress stations located near the back of the library on the main floor: A Lego Station and a Kinetic Sand Station. Take a quick break and use your hands to help reduce your stress! Good luck as you close out the semester.