Adams County Library System continuously works to open gateways for exploration. Within our libraries, we offer skills classes, technology tutoring, high-speed internet (with download speeds up to 1GB/second!), entertaining and educational programming for all ages, and more. There is no cost to take advantage of these services. However, due to COVID-19, a number of these offerings are temporarily suspended while others have been adopted for virtual participation.
Providing Adams County with access to information in the way of books, audiobooks, magazines, and music remains a goal of the Adams County Library System during this time. We are pleased and proud to offer many resources to the community which will allow library cardholders to access these items digitally. These offerings are not new to ACLS. However, we have made a point to allocate increased funding for additional materials in digital formats since we have seen their use skyrocket since the beginning of the pandemic.
My favorite Adams County Library System digital resource is cloudLibrary. cloudLibrary offers the lending of e-books and e-audiobooks to library cardholders at no cost. cloudLibrary can be accessed from any computer as a web-based program or via downloaded software (Windows and Mac). It also runs as an app on the iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (4th generation and up), Chrome, and Nook platforms. In order to log in, please use your entire ACLS card number (no spaces). The PIN will be the last four digits of your library card number.
cloudLibrary’s “Featured” page will display recent acquisitions and “shelves” curated by staff. Items available as e-books will display the cover image only while items available as e-audiobooks will have a small headphone icon on top of the cover image. The browse option will default to adult fiction, but adult non-fiction titles and teen and childrens’ materials (both fiction and non-fiction) are only a few clicks away. Highlighting the star icon next to shelf names can be used to make the reader’s favorite genres more readily available on their “Favorites” browsing page. Meanwhile, the flag/wishlist feature can be used to mark items of interest for simple access at a later time (list can be found under “My Books”). The search feature (magnifying glass) can be used to search for title or author name. Additionally, holds can be placed on items currently checked out, and you can sign up to receive emails when your holds are ready for download (push notifications also available for app users). Renewals can be placed during the last three days of check out provided another user does not have the item on hold.
To learn more about cloudLibrary or download the software/app, please visit yourcloudlibrary.com. The support page has helpful tools including “how-to” videos for those who need assistance setting up and/or navigating cloudLibrary. For further assistance during this time of library closure, feel free to contact me at email@example.com to arrange a virtual appointment.
Emily Holland, Branch Manager, New Oxford Library