Want to browse our eBook collection to find a good book? There are a few different ways to do this, but today we’re going to go over browsing using the Shelves tab in the 3M Cloud Library apps.
When you first login to Pinal County Library District’s 3M Cloud Library, the screen will open up to the Shelves tab. On this page you will see row after row and cover after cover of books available in our eBook collection.
The Shelves are separated by different categories and we will change them out periodically – we might remove a shelf, add a shelf, or change the books on a shelf. Right now we have shelves for Holiday-themed books, Fifty Shades Readalikes, Best Books of 2012, and a variety of genre shelves.
The screen might look a little different depending on which version of the 3M Cloud Library app you’re using, but the basic functions all work the same.
You can scroll or swipe up & down to see more shelves. If you see a shelf you like, swipe across the shelf to see more titles. If you’re using the Windows PC App, click on the arrows to the left and right of the screen to navigate across a shelf.
Some shelves have more titles than can be seen on the main shelves page. To see the rest of the titles, select “List View.”
Shelves on the Windows PC App
Once you’ve clicked on “List View” a new page opens up with a list of titles on the shelf. You can sort the list by Title, Author, Rating, or Newest. “Newest” is based on when it was added to our collection. Again, where the “Sort” option lives depends on your device.
On the “List View” screen, you can also see what titles are available to Check Out. If a title is checked out by another user, you can place a hold by clicking or tapping on the gray “Add to Hold List” button. On devices with smaller screens, you will need to tap on the title and then the options to place a hold or check out will appear.
List View on the Windows PC App
Ratings are determined by 3M Cloud Library users. You can rate any book in our collection and it will be averaged with the ratings from ALL users across the country using the 3M Cloud Library.
To leave the “List View” screen, click on “Back”. The location of the “Back” button varies based on your device. On an iPhone or iPad, it will be in the top left corner. On most Android devices it will be the same curvy back arrow you use for all apps. On the PC App, it is a large “Back” button at the top left under “Shelves.”
If you’d like to browse the shelves without downloading an app, you can do that on the Browsing Website. However, to read a book from the 3M Cloud Library, you will need to download one of the reader apps. Head over to our Digital Books page to find more information and to access guides to help you get started.