Richmond Area Digital Library Sites

This post is referenced in the series titled “Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device.”


In partnership with Overdrive, the following public libraries in the area surrounding Richmond, Virginia have digital library sites.

Click your library’s name to go to it’s associated digital library site. If yours is not listed below, find it here.

Chesterfield County Public Library

 

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Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device – [4] Download

This is the 5th post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device.”


DownloadAfter you’ve added a book to your Bookshelf on your library’s digital website, you need to confirm your desire to download it, then have it delivered to your mobile device.

Note to Self:  After confirming the download and clicking the Confirm & Download link, you are transferred to Amazon’s website.  This site controls the delivery to your mobile device.  Don’t panic.  It’s supposed to be that way!

Download

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device – [3] Found a Book

This is the 4th post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device “.


Check OutOnce you have found a book you’re interested in reading, there are four things you can do with it:

 

  1. Borrow it.
  2. Put a Reserve (Hold) on it because it’s already checked out.
  3. Add it to your Wish List.
  4. Share it with your friends on social media.  (this feature shares the book’s information, not it’s content)

Found a Book

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Enjoying Library Books on Your Mobile Device – [2] Find a Book

This is the 3rd post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device”.


SearchAfter you have logged into your library’s digital website, you have the entire digital collection at your fingertips.

  1. Browse by genre from the groupings displayed directly below your library’s logo at the top.
  2. Or browse by curated collection by viewing book cover thumbnails.
  3. Or Search by criteria you enter.
  4. Once you find one you like you can Sample a section or View more details on the book.

Find a Book

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

ConfirmDownload

Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device – [1] Go to Library

This is the 2nd post in a series titled “Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device”.


digital library
Finding and borrowing an e-book begins with browsing to your library’s digital website.

Remember … this isn’t the standard website for your library; it’s a special one specifically for digital content.

  1. Go to your library’s digital website.  Find it here.
  2. Bookmark the website so you don’t have to go to overdrive.com the next time you want to visit.
  3. Log in.  Using your library credentials, log into the website.  You will then see custom content such as “recommended” titles based on your borrowing history.

Go to Library

The e-book series: OVERVIEW1- Go toLibrary –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device – Overview

i love libraries

i love the sounds and smells in a library

i love the personalities of librarians; mysterious, studious, and school principal-like

i love the feel of a hardback book in my hands

But, there are times when you can’t make it to the library — when you physically can’t get there or aren’t feeling well enough to go.  This is when an e-book is a great alternative. In addition, they have some unique characteristics physical books do not.  With an e-book YOU CAN …

search them

look up words while reading

read with large, extra large, or extra-extra large font

add electronic notes

highlight sections of text and find them later

bookmark your location then pick up where you left off on a different device

take as many with you as you can check outwithout needing a visit to the chiropractor

And what they do share with a physical book:

they’re free for checking out from your library

This is the first in a series of posts showing you how easy it is to borrow e-books from your library.

Narrowing the Focus

There are many e-book formats and e-reader devices.  This series will focus on:

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The Kindle e-book format and reading on a Kindle e-reader or any of your mobile devices — your smart phone, your laptop, or your tablet.

 

What You Need

  1. Hardware – A Kindle e-reader, a smartphone, or a tablet.  And the cool thing is, if you have one or more of these devices, you can alternate between reading on one device and another with your progress kept in synch!  That is device happiness right there.
  2. Network – WiFi hotspot or direct connection to the Internet with a cable.
  3. Accounts – An account with a library, an Amazon account, and an email account.

The Partnership – Important to Know

OverDriveLogoLocal libraries have partnered with a company named OverDrive to manage their inventory of e-books and facilitate the borrowing activities surrounding them.  This partnership results in the delivery of your “digital library.”

Overdrive maintains a unique site for your library, which is where you’ll find, download, and return your borrowed e-books.  It’s a little sneaky, ’cause the site actually looks like your library’s site, but it’s really not.  If you look at the web address displayed in the address bar at the top of your browser, you’ll notice it is different.

Overview

Borrowing e-books from your library can be distilled into six basic steps.  Each step will be described in detail throughout this series.

e-Book Overview

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return