Library expands e-book options for patrons

New services offer easier browsing, downloads and more titles

PORTLAND, Ore. — Aug 5, 2013 — Checking out and downloading e-books has never been easier for Multnomah County Library patrons. Now, the library offers patrons two new simpler, more intuitive ways to download and read e-books. Patrons can use either 3M Cloud Library or OverDrive to explore and enjoy some 80,000 e-books. Staff at any library are available to help patrons use these new e-book features on their own devices.

3M Cloud Library

3M Cloud Library allows patrons to easily search, discover and download e-books, right from the library website or through the 3M Cloud Library mobile app. 3M Cloud Library includes about 5,000 titles, and more are added all the time.

Patrons don’t need an Adobe ID to use 3M Cloud Library; they simply need to enter state, library name, library card number and password. Downloading is a one-step process, and each title automatically syncs to all devices that have the 3M Cloud Library mobile app downloaded. The new feature works across multiple operating systems. For example, patrons can check out and begin reading an e-book on an iPad, then finish the book on an Android device or a laptop without losing their place. Patrons can check out up to six titles at a time. Currently, due to a decision by Amazon, 3M books are not compatible with Kindle.


The popular “Library2Go” service at Multnomah County Library has had an upgrade — a new name, more great books and a simplified borrowing process. It now takes only a few seconds to borrow a title and start reading. Patrons can browse and download e-books and audiobooks from the library’s OverDrive site or via the OverDrive app. E-books can be read on a desktop browser with OverDrive READ and on mobile devices with the app. Accessing any borrowed title from a Bookshelf requires only a few clicks or taps.

“The library is continually increasing access to the e-books and e-book services demanded by our patrons,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “As the evolution of mobile access continues to erode the ‘digital divide’ for our patrons, we will continue to grow this collection to meet the diverse needs of the community we serve.”

About e-books and Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is committed to providing materials and services that are responsive to demand and need in our community. Circulation of the library’s 80,000 e-books has increased more than 2,300 percent in the past three years. The library purchases e-books as they become available (some large publishers limit the titles available to public libraries). The library also offers 87,000 items in other downloadable formats, including audiobooks, videos and music.