UPDATE 3/24: DATE CHANGE: All Library locations are closed until Monday, April 27. As we receive new information, we will update you on our website and social media. Please hold onto all library materials as staff will not be in the building. There will be no overdue fees incurred during this time. See our COVID-19 information page for links to current health information. We encourage you to use our ebooks CloudLibrary or explore our many and varied eResources for all ages under the eLibrary tab. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org .
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Download popular eBooks cloudLibrary iconand eAudiobooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with some additional content purchased by Portland Public Library and available to Portland Public Library cardholders exclusively.

Follow these instructions to get started on your device: iPhone/iPad, Android (including Nook HD), or Kindle Fire. Once you’ve downloaded the app, check out these handy tips and tricks to navigate within your cloudLibrary.

If you need further assistance, please call the Reader’s Advisory desk at (207) 871-1700 x705, or stop by the Public Computing desk at the main library to schedule a tutoring appointment.


cloudLibrary FAQ 

Does cloudLibrary use cellular data or require a wifi connection? 

cloudLibrary only uses data or requires a wifi connection when you are browsing and downloading. While browsing is at your discretion, it usually takes less than a minute for a title to download. Once you have selected and downloaded a book, you can take your device on the go and read or listen without using any data or requiring a wifi connection.  

How many items can I borrow? 

You can borrow up to 3 total items at one time from cloudLibrary.  

How long can I keep the items I check out? 

You can keep all items for 3 weeks. They will automatically be returned at the end of the 3-week lending period. You may return them early if you like.

Can I renew books that I have borrowed from cloudLibrary? 

cloudLibrary does not have a renewal function. If a book is on hold, it will automatically transfer to the next person in line. If it is not on hold, you can check it out again.  

I have downloaded a book but receive an ERROR message when I try to open it. What do I do? 

Try uninstalling and then re-installing the app. This solves most technical errors that occur with cloudLibrary. If you try this and it does not solve your problem, please contact us at readersadvisory@portlib.org or (207) 871-1700 x705 so that we can troubleshoot.

I am trying to log in to cloudLibrary but am receiving a message that my barcode is not valid. Is there a problem with my account? 

Your barcode will not be recognized if you include spaces when you type it in. Try re-entering your barcode with no spaces. If that does not work, you may have fines on your account that exceed $5. You can clear up your fines by logging into your account at portlandlibrary.com or visiting any of our branches. 

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