Reading in the (3M) Clouds

March 19, 2014 by  
Filed under News

Book lending at Boyd County Public Library is reaching new heights – to the clouds, actually.

The 3M Cloud Library is a new resources that lets borrowers checkout books to their computer or mobile device, and read them on either one – or both.3m cloud new

In March, BCPL rolled out the new Discovery Terminal at the Main Branch – a touch screen system that patrons can browse and then select an ebook, place one on hold or rate a title. Additional terminals should be added this summer.

Carla Crabtree was the first patron to use the Discovery Terminal. “Wow, this is so cool!” and “How neat!” were a couple of her comments. “This will come in handy when I am sitting and waiting at the doctor’s office – I can just read the book on my phone.

The 3M Cloud Library is a one copy/one user platform, meaning each ebook copy may only be checked out by one borrower at a time. Initially, there are 245 titles in the 3M Cloud Library at BCPL, and more will be added all the time. Genres include: biography, fiction, humor, cooking, self-help, history, performing arts and science. There is also a selection of juvenile fiction and non-fiction.

You can find available “cloud” titles by looking for the 3M logo next to the material in the BCPL catalog. You can do a search for those specific items by using the keyword Author and typing 3M.

If you are searching for a certain title (either in the online catalog or via the Discovery Terminal at Main) that is not in the 3M collection, then you can add it to your “wish list” for the library to purchase.

You can access the 3M Cloud Library via the BCPL Mobile app (available free from all download stores) by selecting “eBooks and eMaterials.” You can also download the 3M Cloud Library app directly from both Apple and Android stores

For more information, call 606.329.0090.

Leigh Scaggs

About Leigh Scaggs

A long time supporter of digital emancipation and proclaimer of obfuscatory testaments, I have been a proud supporter of bits and bytes for nearly 20 years. With that much chronological highway behind me I'm cognizant enough of the fact that advancing age does kill brain cells and observant enough to notice that it's only killing the weak ones.

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