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3M Cloud Library PC App

Getting Started

Step 1 - Download

Download the PC app here.  The app works with Windows 7, Vista, and XP.  A Mac version is under development.

Step 2 - Install


Click on 'Download Cloud Library'

Choose to save the file and then run the install program when the download is complete.


During the installation you will need to select the state of Connecticut and Danbury Library.

Enter your library card when prompted.

You will need to view and agree to the End User License Agreement.

Once the application has been installed, a desktop shortcut will appear labeled '3M Cloud Library'.

You are ready to start using the Cloud Library!

Next Page:  Using the PC App

PC App Features

Use the PC app to search, check out, and read eBooks from the Cloud Library. The PC app can also be used to transfer eBooks to a portable eBook reader (see compatible devices). *

*  Please note:  The 3M Cloud Library is not currently compatible with Kindle.  If you own a Kindle, please let Amazon know that compatibility with the 3M Cloud Library is important to you by visiting your Kindle's customer service page and using the "contact us" link.

Shelves

Browse the most popular Cloud Library books and titles chosen by library staff. To browse all books on a shelf, click "List View".

Categories

Browse all Cloud Library books by subject. Click "List View" to see all titles in a subject. Click "Show All Subcategories" to break the subject area into subcategories.

Search

Search for books by words that appear in the title, author, or book details.

My Books

This is where you will find your account information as well as your current books, holds, messages, and more.

Currently Reading

This shows books you have currently checked out. Click "List View" to see more options, including "Check In" to return a book early.

Hold List

This shows books you have on hold, as well as an estimate of how soon the book will be available.

Reading History

This is a list of all Cloud Library books you have checked out. If you like, you can choose to delete your reading history at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking "Delete Reading History".

Message Center

This is where you will find any messages from the Library, including notices that your held items are ready for checkout.

Account Profile

Your account profile shows your library name, country, state, and city. If you like, you can change your library information by clicking the "Change Library Identification" button.

Checking Out and Reading

Cloud Library book detailCheck Out and Holds

When you have found a book you would like, click the book's cover to bring up the "Book Detail" page. Here you can see a summary and similar books in the collection.

Tap the green "Check Out" button to check out the book. If the book is currently checked out, tap the gray "Add to Hold List" button to place the book on your Hold List.

The book will appear on your Currently Reading list and will download to your computer.

Reading on Your Computer

Under the Currently Reading section of My Books, click on the book cover to open it.

The first time you open a book, Cloud Library needs to activate an Adobe ID.

If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, you will be given the option of using a system-provided Adobe ID or using your own. Make your choice and click "OK" to proceed.

Cloud Library PC activation

If you already have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer authorized with your personal Adobe ID, the Cloud Library app will use your personal ID to continue. You will see this message:

Cloud Library Adobe ID detected

The book will open in a 5th tab, to the right of "My Books":

eBook tab

Use the arrows on the right and left of the book's pages to move through the books.

PC app book optionsClick the upper right corner of the book for more options:

Click the i icon for book details.

Click the large and small "A" icon to change text size.

Click the magnifying glass icon to search inside the book by keyword.

Click the square box to add bookmarks or notes.

Transferring to Your eBook Reader

Turn on your eBook reader and connect it to your computer.

In the Cloud Library app, go to the "My Books" tab. Once the app has recognized your device, you should see a "connected to device" message and green "download to device" buttons for each book you have downloaded to your computer.

download to device examples

Click the green "download to device" button to transfer the book to your eBook reader.

When you are done transferring eBooks to your reader, eject the device. The book should now be available on your reader. (Some readers will file the title in a folder called "Digital Editions".)

Compatible Devices

The following eBook readers are compatible with Cloud Library:

  • Nook
  • Literati Reader
  • Sony Reader (older models only, not the PRS-T1)
  • Kobo Reader

Holds

You can hold up to 3 books at a time. When a book becomes available, a message will appear in your Message Center under My Books. Books are held for 72 hours (3 days) from the time they become available to you.

Check In

Books will automatically be returned to the collection after 7 days. If you would like to return a book early, go to "My Books" and click "List View". Click the red "Check In" button in the row for the book you would like to return.