How Does It Work?
The Maine State Library's Downloadable Library moved from Overdrive to CloudLibrary on Wed., March 1. You can still access the more than 10,000 titles, along with new books being added all the time. CloudLibrary is an app-based system and works on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones, Android tablets, NOOK tablets, NOOK eReaders, Kobo eReaders and Kindle Fires. However, the downloadable library no longer works e-Ink Kindles (including older Kindles and the Paperwhite).
Any downloads and any holds you have in Overdrive will not transfer to the new system and will disappear as of March 1. Please re-place any holds once the CloudLibrary goes live. Library staff is always available to help you make the switch. For more information or to make an appointment for Tech Help to get you started, call the Library at(207)244-7065.
The Maine State Library has assembled a great Question-and-Answer section about the new system and the change-over and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the reason for the switch. If you have any questions make sure to ask at the Library's circulation desk. Find out how to download the new CloudLibrary app by following this link and get reading!
Patrons can now borrow as many as three audio and/or ebooks for up to three weeks using the CloudLibrary App, or follow this link to Simple instructions for downloading the CloudLibrary App.
Patrons must have a valid library card which they use to logon to the Maine Infonet Download Library website. You can search for books by title, author, availability and more. If the item is available to borrow, you can “Add to Wishlist” or if it is not available, “Place a Hold”. Most items can now be returned before the lending period is complete.
Patrons can download and keep up to three songs per week using Freegal, an online service containing millions of songs from thousands of artists. Comprised primarily of the Sony Music catalog, the available music ranges widely from top-40 hits to Oldies, Folk, Jazz, Rock, Classical and obscure sub-genres. The downloaded music is delivered in mp3 format and is compatible with laptops of all types, as well as ipods, iphones and other devices.
To download, you must have a valid library card.
For specific instructions to transfer music downloads to iTunes, download the handout (Adobe PDF file ) or see below:
- Freegal for iTunes
- Or for one-on-one assistance, please check our Homepage or Calendar for Tech Help session times and dates.
Freegal for iTunes
How do I transfer songs via iTunes?
Freegal music has its own iOS Application which can be downloaded from the App Store. Some users may still wish to download songs to their PC and synch to their mobile device, as they will have the advantage of having a copy of their music their computer's memory.
Apple, the manufacturer of the Iphone and the Ipad, has created their devices without the ability to download music directly, unless going through the Itunes store or using an approved application. To get music on the iPhone, iTouch or iPad, we recommend the following procedure:
Download Freegal files to your computer desktop by doing the following:
- Press “download now”
- Press “save”.
- Direct download to desktop.
Next import the file into iTunes, and the following is the easiest way: Open iTunes then drag the file from the desktop to the open application. The next time you synch your device the Freegal file will be both on their “home base” computer and their mobile device.