Windsorites looking for eBooks will soon have access to the largest digital library Windsor Public Library has ever offered. Effective Monday, April 1, your library card and PIN will provide admittance to yourcloudLibrary.com , which links the digital libraries from dozens of institutions across Ontario to create an easy-to-access online digital library.
With your library card in hand, you’ll need a computer or mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone, and a few minutes to search and access books. cloud Library will replace Overdrive and Axis360 on May 30, 2019. Holds placed before that date will transfer to the new platform.
The cloudLibrary app works as a digital portal with an eBook lending service, allowing library card holders to check out digital copies of works licensed by local libraries across Ontario. The app is available for download on most devices. Through the app, you can browse by subject and genre, borrow content, place holds and return titles, and you can set email notifications to receive an alert when a book on hold is ready for downloading.
This application makes it easier than ever to find eBooks or eAudiobooks from Windsor Public Library. It includes a fully functional reader allowing the user to read their ebook directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of their book across devices. It also includes an Audiobook player, allowing the user to download, play and listen to their books offline.
During the initial phase-in period, content in cloudLibrary will be limited. Presently, it includes titles purchased recently (after March 15) as well as additional copies of titles with long holds lists in the other platforms, and replacement copies of titles with expired licenses.
Material from Overdrive and Axis360 will also be added to cloudLibrary. On May 30, we will transfer all existing ebook content to cloudLibrary and then we will enable cloudLink, which will provide customers access to the cloudLibrary collections of all Ontario public libraries. These two actions will increase the size of our ebook collection to around 100,000 items.
Access to Overdrive and Axis360 will be eliminated after the collections have been transferred to cloudLibrary.
We are offering access to the platform now, even though its contents are limited, to allow customers to become familiar with it, and to provide access to the most-recently published content.
In addition, French-language eBooks will be available for the first time in this format at Windsor Public Library.