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  • My Media Mall brings you a selection of popular fiction, classic and children's literature, mysteries, romance, and nonfiction such as cooking, biographies, business and more. Here's a list of supported devices for My Media Mall eBooks and Audiobooks.
  • Freading offers fiction and nonfiction ebooks that are always available. You never have to place a hold! These titles are from publishers not often found in other ebook collections. You are automatically given 8 tokens a week to borrow books; each title shows the number of tokens needed to check it out. Most are 1 - 2 tokens.
  • LearningExpress Library provides career guides, study aides, and test-preparation books to help people prepare for high-stakes tests; to pass licensing, certification, or competitive entry-level exams; or to advance in school or professionally.
  • eBooks from EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) gives you complete text and graphics of well-known reference books such as the "Idiot" guides. Search from hundreds of titles. Netlibrary eBooks can be read online, or checked out for a period of 1-3 weeks.
  • Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 9,800 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.
  • My Media Mall brings you a selection of classic and children's literature, mysteries, romance, and nonfiction like cooking, biographies, business and more. Here's a list of supported devices for My Media Mall Audiobooks.
  • Tumble Talking Books is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books.
  • Freegal. Download music, for free! You can download upt to three songs per week, from a large selection of artists. If you get the message "This account is already active" while trying to access Freegal please click here and try again.
  • My Media Mall brings you a selection of commercial free films, documentaries, travel videos, children's videos and more. Here's a list of supported devices.
  • Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 9,800 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.

OverDrive Media Console for Tablets and Smartphones

Getting started
  1. Make sure you have an up-to-date Bloomington Public Library card.
  2. On your tablet or smartphone, go to your app store (for Android devices, this is called the Play Store), search for the OverDrive Media Console (OMC).
  3. Download and then open OMC on your device.
Setting Up Your Library
  1. Open up the OverDrive Media Console app on your device.
  2. Swipe to the right and a menu will appear on the left side.
  3. To set your home library and to get books, tap on "Add a library".
  4. Search for the Bloomington Public Lirary by zip code (61702). Choose Bloomington Public Library. Below the name of the library will be the library system through which we purchase ebooks - My Media Mall. Tap on the star next to the name of the library in order to save it as your home library.
  5. Press the back arrow to get back to your menu options.
  6. To get library books, you will then tap on "My Media Mall" in the "My Libraries" list.
Searching for and Downloading Books
  1. Once on the My Media Mall page you should sign in (located in the upper right corner). Choose Bloomington Public Library from the menu, then enter your library card number. Doing this will allow you to view additional titles that are available to you as a Bloomington Public Library cardholder.
  2. Once signed in, you can either browse collections, or go to the Advanced Search page.
    • Note: The only eBook format that is compatible with the OverDrive app is EPUB. For audiobooks, the only format compatible with the app is MP3.
  3. To check out an item, click on the book's cover, then click "Borrow" next to the title.
  4. To download the title, tap on "Go to Bookshelf". Tap on the drop-down menu where it says "Download (Select one format)" and choose EPUB for ebook or MP3 for audiobook. Double-check that you are downloading the format you want, then click "Confirm & Download".
  5. The book will open in the OverDrive app Bookshelf.
    • Note: The first time you download an eBook, you will be prompted to authorize your device with an Adobe ID. If you do not have one there is a link that will allow you to set one up. (You will only need to do this the first time you use the app.)
Returning Your Book Early
  1. In the Bookshelf view, hold down on the cover of the book you want to return.
  2. Choose "Return" to remove the item from your library card account and device.

Zinio provides access to free electronic magazines for Bloomington Public Library cardholders. These magazines appear exactly as their physical counterparts, though some include extra features such as clickable links and printing capabilities .

Nook Instructions

Nook and Computer Reading

Note - All the steps below will need to be completed on a personal computer..

Those with a Nook Color, Nook Tablet or Nook HD may obtain books wirelessly. See the Nook Tablet/Color/HD instructions.

Getting Started
  1. Make sure you have an up-to-date Bloomington Public Library card in good standing.
  2. Go to Adobe.com, search for Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), and install this program on your computer or click here.
  3. You will need to set up an Adobe ID which you will be prompted to do when you are installing ADE. Make sure the email address you use for your Adobe ID is the same as the email with which you registered your Nook with Barnes & Noble.
Checking Out and Downloading eBooks
  1. Click here to go to My Media Mall's homepage (also accessible through the eBooks & More section of our website).
  2. Once on the My Media Mall page you will want to Sign In. This is located in the upper right corner. You will need to choose Bloomington Public Library from the list, then type in your library card number. Doing this will allow you to view additional titles that are available to you as a Bloomington Public Library cardholder.
  3. Once signed in, you can either browse collections, or go to the Advanced Search page.
    • Note: The formats that work with the Nook are EPUB and PDF.
  4. To check out an item, click on the book's cover, then click "Borrow" next to the title.
  5. To download the title, click on "Go to Bookshelf". Click on the drop-down menu where it says "Select one…" and choose the format you want to put on your Nook (EPUB or PDF, sometimes you will only be given one option).
  6. You will be prompted to confirm the format that you are downloading. Double-check that you are downloading the format you want, then click "Confirm"
  7. Open this with Adobe Digital Editions. Your book should then appear in ADE.
Getting Your Book to Your eReader
  1. In ADE, you will need to switch from the Reading View (this is the default view when you download a book) to the Library View. Click the "Library" button in the upper left corner of Adobe Digital Editions to get to the Library View.
  2. Connect your Nook to your computer via its USB cable, library books will NOT transfer wirelessly.
  3. Your eReader should appear on the left listed under "Devices". If not, contact the Adult Services Desk for help.
  4. To transfer your ebooks, click and drag the cover of the book over to your eReader in the Bookshelves list. When a green plus sign appears, let go.
  5. Click on your Nook in ADE, look for the book to make sure that the it appears there.
  6. Once you've determined that the book transferred, eject your eReader from your computer.
  7. Books will automatically return themselves when your checkout has expired.

Note - sometimes books downloaded from the Library appear in different places on your eReader. Look in your files or downloads if they do not appear in your library.

Returning Your Books Early
  1. Connect your Nook to your computer via the USB cable, and open ADE.
  2. Hover your mouse over the title you want to return, a small arrow will appear in the upper left corner of that title. Click on the arrow and choose "Return Borrowed Item" then, choose "Delete Item". Do the same within your Nook (on ADE), in order to delete it from your device.

Instructions in PDF format.

Nook HD

Getting Started
  1. Make sure you have an up-to-date Bloomington Public Library card.
  2. On your Nook Color, Nook Tablet or Nook HD go to the App Store, search for the OverDrive Media Console (OMC).
  3. Download and then open OMC on your Nook.
  4. You will be prompted to authorize your device with an Adobe ID. If you do not have one there is a link that will take you to get it. (You will only need to do this the first time you use the app).
Setting Up Your Library
  1. The default view when opening up OMC is the "Bookshelf" view.
  2. To set your home library and to get books tap on the menu symbol at the bottom of the screen. Tap on "Get Books".
  3. Tap on "Add a Library", search for Bloomington Public Library via zip code (61702). Choose Bloomington Public Library. Below the name of the library will be the library system through which we purchase ebooks – NSLS: My Media Mall. Tap on the star next to the name of the Library in order to save it as your home library. Tap the menu symbol and choose "Get Books".
  4. Tap on NSLS in your Get Books view. This will open up My Media Mall.
Searching for and Downloading Books
  1. Once on the My Media Mall page you will want to Log In. This is located in the upper right corner. Choose Bloomington Public Library from the drop down list of libraries and then enter your library card number on the next page. Doing this will allow you to view additional titles that are available to you as a Bloomington Public Library cardholder.
  2. You can either browse by format or do searches for specific items.
  3. Once you have found something to check out tap on "Add to Cart" next to the format you want.
  4. If you see an item where "Add to Cart" is not an option, click on "Place a Hold" to be put on the waiting list for this item. You will receive an email when it becomes available for you.
  5. Tap on Proceed to Checkout (or Continue Browsing if you want to look for other material; however, you can only have 5 items checked out at any one time).
  6. The next page is to confirm that you want to borrow the item. You can choose to have the item for 7 days or 14 days. You can have up to a total of 5 items out at one time. Then tap "Confirm Checkout".
  7. On the following page, a link that says "Download" will appear next to the titles you checked out. Tapping this will automatically download the item to the OverDrive Media Console app. To read your books, you will go to the OMC app, rather than your library.
Returning Your Book Early
  1. In the Bookshelf view, tap the plus sign to the right of the item.
  2. Choose "Return/Delete" to remove the item from your card account and device.

Two things to note:

  1. You will need to search for and checkout books on a separate computer, unless you have a Kindle Fire. If you have a Kindle Fire, you may also use the instructions for Tablets & Smartphones.
Getting Started
  1. Make sure you have an up-to-date Bloomington Public Library card in good standing.
  2. 2. Your Kindle will need to be registered with Amazon before you can checkout ebooks. You will also need your Amazon log-in and password.
Checking Out and Downloading eBooks
  1. Click here to go to My Media Mall's homepage (also accessible through the eBooks & More section of our website).
  2. Once on the My Media Mall page you will want to Sign In. This is located in the upper right corner. Signing in allows you to view additional titles that are available to you as a Bloomington Public library cardholder.
  3. 3. Once signed in, look for books that are available in the Kindle format, as this is the only format that works on Kindles. This can be accomplished by doing an Advanced Search, and choosing "Kindle Book" as the format. (Formats are listed on the right side of the page when you are looking at an item).
  4. Search by author, title, or subject.
  5. Click on the cover of a book you want to check out.
  6. To check out an item, click on "Borrow" next to or below the title.
  7. Once the item is checked out, go to your Bookshelf. Click on "Get for Kindle" then on "Confirm". This will then take you to Amazon's website.
  8. Log-in to Amazon if necessary. On the right side of the page will be a button that says "Get Library Book". Choose the Kindle you want to transfer your book to which is located below this button.
  9. Make sure you are connected to WiFi. If you do not have WiFi at home, you can always connect to the Library's WiFi the next time you are in. (If you need to transfer via USB cable, there is information available on Amazon's Kindle Help site).
  10. Click on "Get library book", your book will then automatically be delivered as long as you are connected to WiFi.
Returning eBooks Early
  1. Go to Manage My Kindle on Amazon's site. Log-in – if necessary.
  2. To the right of your books will be a button with an arrow labeled "Actions". Hover over this and options will appear including "Return This Book". Once the item has been returned, go the Actions button and this time choose "Delete".
  3. 3. On some Kindles, you will need to also manually delete the item.

Instructions in PDF format.