April 27th, 2015

CCPL’s Digital Services


Recently, I was browsing the magazines at the Elkton Central Library, and a magazine cover advertising “quick weeknight dinners” caught my eye. I was all set to check it out when I saw the red star on the cover, indicating that it was the current issue and needed to stay in the branch for others to view. Fortunately, I was able to check it out using Zinio, which provides access to full magazine issues through CCPL’s website. You can check out as many as you want, and there are no late fees.

Now, you only need one account to access the magazines. Just create an account using your library card number – the link is at the top right of the screen – and you can be reading a magazine right away. We have magazines for everybody: cooking, gardening, science, sports, crafts, and travel.

If you want to read on the go, you can use the new Zinio for Libraries app (available for iPad and Android). For other devices, the commercial Zinio app, which requires two accounts , is available.

Of course, you can do more than read magazines on the go. Check out our devices and downloads page for links to Hoopla (movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music), OverDrive (ebooks and audiobooks), OneClickDigital (audiobooks), and BookMyne (Android version shown above), which allows easy access to the CCPL library catalog and lets you place holds, renew items, or just see what you have checked out, all from your smartphone or tablet.

If all this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t despair. You can get one-on-one help with your smartphones, e-readers, or tablets at our Smart Device Helper program at the North East Branch Library at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 27. Register by clicking the dates or by calling 410-996-6269. If you can’t make those dates, try Is This Thing On: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming, or try asking a librarian for help.

How many CCPL digital services have you tried?

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December 2nd, 2014

Naughty or Nice, we’re always on your device

Naughty or Nice, we're always on your device

So you’re thinking about gifting a digital device this season – or really hoping to receive one. Are you unsure how to get great books, magazines, music and movies onto that device, especially after an expensive holiday season?

Cecil County Public Library is your best source for free digital content for your device. Upload at home or use the library’s enhanced WiFi network to connect to all your library has to offer. There are no fines for any of CCPL’s digital materials.

Overdrive: ebooks and e-audiobooks are available to download anytime.

Zinio: full copies of popular magazines, downloaded to your device, indefinitely. Back issues are also available.

Hoopla: movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music.  Search and download your choices for great viewing and listening.

Ereaders also make figuring out what to read next easy. With sites like GoodReads, you can see what your friends are reading, get suggestions, and read reviews. Our Staff Recommendations page also features fantastic reviews of books and other materials, hand-picked by our talented staff.

Perhaps the best feature of handheld devices is that you can carry the library with you, no matter where you are. Stuck waiting in a doctor’s office? Download an eBook. Going on a trip? Load up your device with music, magazines and books that won’t add a single pound to your suitcase.

If you have questions about using or setting up your device or how to download content, CCPL’s librarians are always available to help. For tutorials and guidance, visit the digital library section of our website.

Find, borrow and enjoy! What is your favorite download?

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