cloudLibrary - Read Online

This option is for devices that cannot use an app or software. Please note that at this time the Online Reader requires an internet connection (WiFi or data) to function.  Offline use will be the next development.

How to Access

  1. Visit the Kansas cloudLibrary website.  We recommend setting this as a favorite/bookmarking it on your internet browser.
  2.  Login with your Kansas Library eCard information. You can choose to let the browser save your information if using a private computer/device: 
    • Library ID = your 6-digit Kansas Library eCard number
    • PIN/Password = your birthdate in MMDDYYYY format (leave out slashes) 
Brief Site Overview
The website has a main menu bar across the top, under the State Library logo. It contains:
  • 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. 
    • Fiction and nonfiction (also tabs for Kids or YA) can be selected across the top of this page, then you can browse the main categories in each. 
    • Some categories will have further subcategories, this will be indicated by a down arrow next to the category name.
    • Stars - you can favorite a category of subcategory, which will put it in the starred tab at the top of the browse area.  This makes them easier to get to later.
  • My Books - your account screen.  You will access any current checkouts, your holds list, and your reading history from here. 
  • Messages - the State Library posts occasional system updates and other news for eBooks users, the most current shows on the menu bar and the rest are archived in this area.
  • Filters - can toggle between viewing only "Available books" (books with no holds) or seeing "All Titles" (every book, even if all of the copies are checked out) while searching and browsing.
  • Settings - where you set your email address for notifications of available holds.
  • About - links back to the State Library help site and our email for assistance.
  • Search -bar with a magnifying glass icon in the upper right.  This is a simple search, and will work best with the last name of an author or part of a book title. 

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 Filters and turn on the "Available books" option. 
  2. Go to Browse, then scroll through either fiction or nonfiction to find the types of books you prefer.
  3. When you have found a book, tap on it.  The book's details will show, and contain a checkout button.
  4. Go to the My Books section now, and the book will show in the "reading" area. 

Reading a Book

  • Open a book: go to My Books and click the Read button for the book.
  • Turn a page: click the right margin to go forward, click the left margin to back up. 
  • Close a book: click the center of the book page.  This pulls up a menu, click the X icon in the upper left corner.
  • Reading Settings: Click the center of the book page, then see the upper right corner:
    • Aa button - Change text size, colors, single/double reading pane.
    • Four lines & dots button - Table of contents & previously set manual bookmarks
    • Ribbon - Set manual bookmark - these are optional. The site will remember the last page you were on between readings.

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 to find the option: 
    • Go to My Books. 
    • Tap the Return button for the book you are finished with & confirm.
  • Holds notes: 
    • To be notified when it is your turn for a hold, go to Main Menu->Settings.  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 "Checkout" button in My Books->Holds list.