New! Meet Libby

Did you know your library card lets you choose from thousands of eBook and eAudiobook titles? Let us introduce you to Libby, the brand new app from OverDrive for your phone or tablet that gives you full access to our digital collection!


Libby is made for mobile, so if you want to download titles to read on the go on your phone, tablet, or eReader, you’ll love it! If you prefer to look at eBooks and eAudiobooks on your computer or need accessibility functions you will still find OverDrive available while Libby continues to grow!


Here’s how to get started with Libby:

  1. On your device, go to your app store: Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or the Windows Store. Search for Libby and install the app (it’s free).
Libby as it appears in the Google Play Store.

2. Open the app and search for St. Thomas Public Library. An easy way to find us is to use your postal code, or use ours: N5P 3Z7


3. Don’t worry about adding your library card number yet. First browse titles by using the search bar. When you tap the search bar, you’ll see an icon that says MORE: Tap this to add other information to your search such as format, subject, or author (creator).

After you tap ‘MORE’ this menu appears with more search options.

You can also find more search options after you have searched for a title and your results are listed on the screen. If the title you’d like is checked out to someone else, you’ll see a Place Hold option instead of a Borrow option when you select that title. Tap this to place a hold on the item. You’ll also see a REFINE option with three lines on the right of your search results: You can use this to narrow your results. A good option in this menu is Hide unavailable titles. With this option selected, you won’t see titles that are checked out to others.


4. Once you’ve located a title you’d like to borrow, just tap Borrow! You’ll see you also have the option to Tag or Read Sample. The Tag option is so you can organize titles any way you like. You could tag items as ‘read’, ‘want to read’, ‘loved’, ‘didn’t love’, etc. Read a Sample lets you try out a section of the book before you borrow it. After you tap Borrow on a title you would like, you will be asked to add your library card number.

This is where you can add your St. Thomas Public Library card. You can add cards from other libraries too!

5. Once you have borrowed a book, tap the Shelf option at the bottom of the screen to see the books you have checked out. Your items will download automatically over a wi-fi connection.

Shelf with current loans on an Android device

From your shelf, you can Renew, Return, or Tag your loans. Just tap on the cover of the book and you’ll see these options.

Give Libby a try! We’re here to help you if you need it. We have courses to teach you how to use an eReader or a tablet, drop-in tech help sessions, and by-appointment tech help sessions! Call us at 519-631-6050 to register or book a time. You can also check out this handy guide from OverDrive for help. Enjoy!


“Get” Your Gadget – Buying Decisions

What do you buy them this year?‘Tis the season for gift giving and shopping confusion: do you give them a laptop, eReader, or a tablet? Which one is best? Which devices are compatible with library eBooks and eAudiobooks?

We can help! St. Thomas Public Library is having a free presentation to help with buying decisions when it comes to gadgets and devices, led by the library’s eServices Specialist Peter Atkinson.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Carnegie Room, lower level

After the presentation, stick around to have your questions answered or help with devices. (If you need help with a device, please bring all necessary cables and attachments.) No registration required. Free Admission!
For more information, call the library at 519-631-6050.

“Get” Your Gadget – A Workshop on How to Use Your eReader

I get it! Really – I’ve been there. The latest gadget, smartphone, tablet, eReader, electronic “thing” comes out and you’ve just gotta have it. It doesn’t matter if you and electronics mix together like a paperback and a bubble bath; new gadgets are cool. Or perhaps you are the type of person who has finally taken the plunge into the digital age and recently purchased the latest electronic “thingie.” The point is, we have them. Now… how do we use them?


Have no fear, device using citizens! St. Thomas Public Library to the rescue! Some folks from the library are setting up a workshop with the specific purpose of showing you how to browse, check out, download, transfer, and read eBooks on your gadget. It doesn’t matter what type or brand of personal electronic device you have: Blackberry, Android, Kobo, Kindle, Sony, Apple, whatever! (We have some pretty tech savvy people on staff who know all about these kinds of things and they’re pretty good teachers, too!) The point is, you’ll have someone who knows what they’re doing sit down with you one-on-one to help you “get” your fancy gadget so you can read eBooks.


“Get” Your Gadget eBook Workshop Details:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

10:00 a.m. until Noon (individual half hour sessions will be booked)

Library Meeting Place, Elgin Mall

FREE admission!


Space is limited so email Carol at or call the Information Desk at 519-631-6050 to book your spot today! Also, be sure to spread the word. I have some parents, aunts, and uncles who would definitely benefit from having someone show them how to use their gadget to read eBooks and they may or may not read this blog…


OK, slight disclaimer. I know I said “any” gadget, but some devices are simply not compatible to the eBook service we subscribe to. If you’re a “better safe than sorry” kind of person, you can check here to see if your device can download library eBooks.

– RC