Changes to eBooks and Audiobooks

On January 8th, Scott County Library will stop offering OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks. We will continue to offer eBooks and Audiobooks through Cloud Library, formerly known as the 3M Cloud Library. The majority of the content currently in OverDrive will move over to Cloud Library after that date.

Making this change will enable Scott County Library to develop a larger, more robust collection by focusing resources in one platform. The Cloud Library collection is shared among all the Twin Cities area libraries, which creates a larger collection to choose from and usually shorter waiting lists for popular titles. Also, the Cloud Library web and app interfaces are easier to use.

We do not take this decision lightly. While most smartphones, tablets, and computers are able to access Cloud Library, we are aware that Cloud Library cannot be used with basic Kindle eReaders, such as the Kindle Paperwhite. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for current OverDrive users.

Below are some important dates, a list of Questions & Answers, and other helpful information. 


Sincerely,

Jake Grussing
Scott County Library Director

Dates to Remember
Last day of OverDrive access with a Scott County Library card:  January 8
All OverDrive checkouts expire: January 8

Questions & Answers


Checkouts & Holds

Will my current checkouts, holds, or wish lists transfer from OverDrive to Cloud Library after January 8?
No. Checkouts, holds, and wish lists that exist in OverDrive on January 8 will not transfer to Cloud Library or RBdigital. Many titles in OverDrive are already in Cloud Library. We recommend that you search for your title and place a hold or check it out as soon as possible.
*If you don’t see the title you’re looking for in Cloud Library now, please note that current OverDrive titles will start to show up after January 9.

There’s a waiting list for my title in both OverDrive and Cloud Library, which one should I choose?
Replace your OverDrive hold on the Cloud Library copy as soon as possible. The Cloud Library collection is shared among all the Twin Cities area libraries, which creates a larger collection to choose from and usually shorter waiting lists for titles. If you choose to place a hold on an OverDrive title, know that holds will not transfer over to Cloud Library.

What if I check out an OverDrive eBook/Audiobook on January 7, how many days do I have to read?
You will have one day to access the title because all checkouts in OverDrive will expire on January 8.

I placed a hold in OverDrive and just received a link to check out the title. How much time will I have access to it if I check it out on January 6?
All checkouts in OverDrive expire on January 8, so you will only have 2 days to access the title.

Devices


What devices are compatible with the Cloud Library app?
Compatible devices:
iOS App
iPad®
iPhone®
iPod touch®

Android App
Android™ Phones
Android™ Devices
Nook App
NOOK® Tablets


PC/Mac App
Windows®/Mac OS X
NOOK® eReader
Kobo™ eReader
Kindle Fire App*
Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HDX

*Cloud Library is not currently supported by Amazon. If you would like compatibility with your Kindle device not indicated above, please contact kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Using Cloud Library

Note that there are some key differences in using the Cloud Library collection compared to using OverDrive. The best experience will come via using the Cloud Library app instead of the website.

Items on Hold

Cloud Library does not automatically check out a requested item that is ready to be checked out. You will need to go to your Holds to borrow an eBook or eAudiobook. Since items are not automatically checked out, the holds will expire if not picked up. Currently items are on hold for 3 days (72 hours).

Email Notification and Verification

Cloud Library does not default to sending an email when an item placed a hold on is ready.  You will need to sign up to be notified via email when a hold is ready. It is important to complete the process by responding to the verification email.
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