3M App for Kindle Fire & Android Devices without Play Store

Installation is a special workaround  for Android devices that do not have access to the Google Play Store, such as Kindle Fires. 

Install App & Log in:  

  1. Turn on the option to Allow Installation of Apps from Unknown Sources (exact wording will vary). This will usually be under:
    • General Android: go to the Settings icon then Device or Apps if this option is not in the main list of settings.
    • Older Kindle Fires: Settings menu (gear icon at the top of the screen) then choose Device.
    • Kindle Fire HD: swipe down from the top to access your Quick Settings Menu. Select   More -> Settings -> Device.
    • Kindle Fire HDX: if you cannot find the Quick Settings as above, look for the Settings icon in your apps list. Settings-> Apps.
  2. Download the 3M app file from SlideMe.org:
    • Click here to access the 3M Cloud Library app page (opens in new browser tab).
    • Tap the download button/link on the page. On most devices, this will be a red download link or a gray download bar.
    • Confirm that you want to download the app when prompted (not all devices will ask).
  3. Finalize installing the app!  If your device does not prompt you to install, find the downloaded file, tap it, and follow any prompts your device gives you to install the app.
    • General Android: your notifications list will have the "download completed" message for the file (may have to swipe from top to see this).  Tap the notification.
    • Older Kindle Fires: a small, circular numbered icon will appear at the top of the screen.  Tap this-it is the download complete notification.
    • Kindle Fire HD: swipe down from the top - tap the download complete notification.
    • Kindle Fire HDX: in your web browser, find the menu button (in upper left or right corner - 3 vertical lines).  Select Downloads from the menu, and tap the app file (should be the first one).
  4. Open the app for the first use. 
    • Most devices: from all apps list.
    • Kindle Fire HDX: if app is not obvious -- the all apps list may be divided between apps saved in your Amazon account or on the device itself.  Choose "On Device" at the top of the all apps list.
  5. The app will want you to connect to your library.  Fill out as follows:
    • location information
    • Library = State Library of Kansas
    • Library ID = your Kansas Library eCard number
    • Password = your birthdate in MMDDYYYY format.  No slashes.
  6. The app connects.  For this first use, you will need to accept the terms and conditions to continue.  Normally, the app will save your information and you will not need to log in every time. 
Brief App Overview
Across the top of the app you will see 4 main tabs.  Here's what they are: 
  • Shelves - this is the display case of the library.  Commonly, you'll see "New Additions" at the top.  Other shelves will come & go (example: every summer we will put up a Kansas Notable Books shelf when the new list of winners has been released). 
  • Categories - this is subject browse, and the best place to start when new to the service.  Big categories like fiction will have numerous sub-categories.  
  • Search - this is a very simple search.  It is best to just use an author name or part of a title.
  • My Books - your account screen.  You will access any current checkouts, your holds list, and your account profile from here.  
Check Out a Book
You may browse or search however you wish, but for your first use this is our recommendation, as it will show you only books you can get right this moment (no books with holds lists): 
  1. Go to Categories. 
  2. Tap the Filter button at the top of the page.  
  3. Select "books available to check out." The page will refresh, and now you may browse subjects as necessary. 
  4. When you have found a book, tap on it.  The book's details page will show, and contain a green checkout button.  
  5. The app will go to the My Books section now, and the book will begin downloading into the wood-paneled Currently Reading area.  
Reading a Book
  • Open a book: go to My Books and tap the cover of the book in the wood-paneled area.
  • Turn a page: tap the right margin to go forward, tap the left margin to back up. 
  • Close a book: tap the center of the book page.  This pulls up a menu, tap the button that looks like leaning books in the upper left corner to exit. 
  • Change Reading Settings: tap the center of the book page and choose the gear-shaped button.  This will pull up a little box where you can edit text size, screen brightness, etc. 
What Else? 
  • 5 books may be checked out at a time.
  • Books check out for 14 days.  There is not a renewal option, but you can check out the book again immediately if no one else had it on hold.  
  • Early return is encouraged to release the book for another to use.  Here's how: 
    • Go to My Books. 
    • Tap the "List View" button in the upper right side of the wood-paneled area.
    • Tap the book you are done with.  This shows the book details page, and there will be a red "check in" button at the bottom.  Small devices may have to scroll to see this button. 
    • Tap the "return book" button to confirm.  You will have the option to rate the book at this time. 
  • Holds notes: 
    • To be notified when it is your turn for a hold, go to My Books->Account Profile.  Tap Email Notifications and give the app your email address.  It will send you a confirmation email, follow any instructions in the email to finalize setup. 
    • You have 3 days to check out a book when it is your turn.  Available books will show a green "checkout" button in My Books->Holds list.