Cloud Library Computer Use

Getting Started

A. Install Software & Log in
  1. Choose the page for your computer, then click the red "download the app" button. These pages open in a new window. 
  2. Finalize installation of the software as prompted for your computer.  
  3. Open the software for first use - it will want you to connect to your library.  Fill out as follows: 
    • Select Country and State.
    • Select Library = State Library of Kansas
    • Enter Your Library ID: 
      • Library ID = your Kansas Library eCard number
      • Library Pin/Password = your birthdate in MMDDYYYY format.  Example: if your birthday is January 29, 1980, you should enter 01291980. 
    • Checkmark the terms & conditions to accept. 
  4. The software will connect. Normally, it will save your information and you will not have to log in every time. 
B. Set Adobe Authorization
After login, an Adobe authorization box will come up (occasionally, a user only sees this the first time a book is checked out).  
  • If you have used Adobe Digital Editions (a free software to use library ebooks) on your computer in the past, your computer already has an Adobe ID set. Cloud Library will see this, and want to use it. Confirm.  
  • If you have not used Adobe Digital Editions in the past, the box will ask you to choose an option: 
    • Allow Cloud Library to make you a system-generated ID. If you do not already have an Adobe ID and do not need a personal ID for some other reason, just pick this.  
    • Input your own Adobe ID - choose this if you already have a personal Adobe ID. 
C. Brief App Overview
Across the top of the app you will see 4 main tabs. Here's what they are: 
  • Featured - 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). 
  • Browse - 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 Browse. 
  2. Click the Filter button at the top of the page.  
  3. Select "books available now." The page will refresh, and now you may browse subjects as necessary. 
  4. When you have found a book, click on it to open the details page, or just use the green "check out" button at the end of the line.
  5. The My Books section will open, and the book will begin downloading into the wood-paneled Currently Reading area.  

Reading a Book Inside the Software

  • Open a book: go to My Books and click the cover of the book in the wood-paneled area.  This will open a 5th tab at the top of the software called "ebook."  It is your reading window.
  • Turn a page: use the arrow buttons on either side of the book page. 
  • Close a book: use the close button on the upper left side of the book page. 
  • Change text size: look for the two A buttons on the upper right corner of the book page.  The smaller decreases the size of the text, the larger A increases it. 

Transfer Book to an eReader

Nearly all ereaders (except the Kindle) will work with the Cloud Library software.
  1. Go to the My Books tab of your software.  
  2. Plug your ereader into the computer.  The message of "[device name] connected" will appear across the top of the Currently Reading area when the ereader is recognized. 
    • if you connected the ereader before opening the Cloud Library software and it is not recognized, try unplugging the device and plugging it back in. 
  3. Each checked out book will have a green "Transfer to Device" button on it.  Click this button.  You will see a brief message that the software is copying the book to the device.  

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. 
    • Click the "List View" button in the upper right side of the wood-paneled area.
    • Click the red "Return" button for the book you are finished with.  
  • 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.   
  • Remove books from an ereader - the Cloud Library software cannot remove files from your device, only add them. One way to remove books is: 
    • Plug your device into the computer. 
    • When the autoplay box comes up, choose to "Open folder to view files."  If you do not see this box, do this: 
      • Go to Computer.
      • Open your device from the list. 
    • You are inside the device's storage, open the Digital Editions folder. Book files will contain the title name, so you can delete any book you are finished with.