Free EBooks from your Public Library

 In Business, Computer, Education

Do you find that you never get time to go to the library but love to read?  Next to computers one of my other loves is reading.  With a busy lifestyle I now use an iPad to read, which has many advantages.  I love the easiness of taking my iPad with me where ever I go and not worrying about damage being cause to my books by me transporting them everywhere.

Well one of our customers has enlightened me to the wonderful service that our local library now offers.  What a find, I can browse the library for eBooks, borrow or reserve these books and have them instantly available on my iPad.  There is a huge variety of books available.

So how do you get access to this wonderful service? First and foremost you must have a library card.  If you are a rate payer or live in your local city you can obtain this easily by visiting your local library or fill in their online form. This link will take you to the Auckland libraries form  http://www.elgar.govt.nz/selfreg~S1/patselfrg1 .  You will need to have two forms of identification to prove you live locally. Bring along a photo ID e.g. Passport or driver’s license, and a letter from City Council or your tenancy agreement showing your physical address. It’s as easy as that.

You have your library card, now you need a reading device.  Check to see if your eBook device is compatible or what device you could use by clicking here http://www.overdrive.com/drc/ebook-only/ . Once you have your compatible eBook you will need to download the OverDrive Reader.  This is a browser based reader that you can connect to your library and start browsing for new reading material.  Click here http://www.overdrive.com/drc/ to choose your software and start your download.

Now that’s completed you need to open Overdrive and add your local library. Search for your local library by either typing in your library name or selecting Browse for libraries and selecting New Zealand or any other country you may have access to.  Now select Sign in and enter your ID number from you library card.  This number can be kept on your device by clicking on “Remember my login information on this device”.

Search for the book you want either by category, author, title or publisher. Once you have found a book you just need to press the “borrow” or “place a hold” button and you are ready to go. You are then returned to your Bookshelf of books where you can download the book to your device or read it with your browser.  To return to the library to find more books, look for and click on the link at the top left of your page and continue browsing.

If you want more help with using this app please don’t hesitate to ask.  We would also love to hear from you on how much you enjoy using this app.

Happy Reading.

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  • La-Vonia Briggs
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    Thanks guys, you have saved my bacon yet again. When my computer died I thought my life was at an end, being a single mum Facebook is my life line when my son goes to bed and you guys got me up and running again with your remote access. Will keep you guys on speed dial for when ever needed. Thanks again.

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