Have a smart phone, tablet, or e-reader? Did you know you can borrow e-books and audio books on your device?
For a list of FAQs, CLICK HERE.
The website to browse, borrow, and read books from a computer remains the same as before at https://omnilibraries.overdrive.com. But for those who use app-enabled devices, OverDrive has developed a new app named Libby which should be downloaded to replace the older one. Don’t worry, though, Libby still has the same catalog of over 2 million eBooks and audiobooks. Go to https://meet.libbyapp.com/ to get started today!
eRead Illinois e-books use the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform. Different catalogs may use different labels for the eRead Illinois e-books. The Axis 360 e-books are also available through a central portal: eRead Illinois Axis 360 Shared Collection.
Free e-books on the web! See eRead Illinois’ list of websites that have free e-books for everyone, even if you don’t have a library card.
The BiblioBoard platform
BiblioBoard features four collections:
- Recovering the Classics: featuring public-domain classics from world literature, with modern cover images
- Popup Picks: featuring titles that will change quarterly and will include hand-curated e-books from expert librarian curators
- The Bodleian Library: featuring items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library
- The Biblioboard Core: featuring articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics
There is no limit on simultaneous use; items in the collections can be read by 1 or 100 patrons at the same time. This means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.
A BiblioBoard Library profile will allow access to the collections outside of Illinois, as well as the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.
You have access to the collections through:
- BiblioBoard app for iOS (from the iTunes App Store)
- BiblioBoard app for Android (from the Google Play Store)
You can also go directly to each of the individual collections:
- Recovering the Classics Collection
- Popup Picks
- Bodleian Library Collection
- BiblioBoard Core Collection