Prefer to talk to a person about getting started? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a staff member will respond to you as soon as possible. Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions about our digital services, or visit our Download & Stream page for a list of what’s available.
Yes! The library has multiple ebook services. Each has their own unique collection and apps available for mobile devices. Learn more on our eBook page.
Absolutely. You can find movies on Kanopy, Media On Demand and Hoopla, and Hoopla has a great selection of music that you can stream or download.
Most of our services require your Library Card to either log in or sign up for an account. You may also need your SWAN PIN.
Everyone gets a PIN with a library card. You may change your PIN if you’d like by logging in to your account and clicking “Change PIN” under the “Personal Information” tab. You may also be able to reset your PIN if you have an email associated with your library card. If you do not know your PIN, call us at (708) 246-0520 to have a staff member check and/or change your PIN.
You can have your library card number sent to your email address on file by visiting the Forgot Library Card page on the SWAN libraries website. If you don’t have an email address on file or you don’t receive the email, please contact us at email@example.com for more assistance.
Probably! Media on Demand supports most iOS, Kindle, and Android devices. Read more about supported devices and formats.
eRead Illinois is not available on regular Kindles, but can be used on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD in addition to Android and iOS devices. If you don’t have a device, you can still use both of our services on your PC or Mac.
Hoopla, Kanopy, and Tumblebooks can be used on just about any computer or mobile device that is capable of accessing the internet, and the first two both have apps available in your device’s app store.
To try any of these services and get links to their apps, visit our Download & Stream page and click on the type of media you want to use.
You can either use the Libby app, or the Media on Demand website (www.mediaondemand.org) on a computer to browse and checkout your books. After checkout, go to your Loans. In Libby, you would click on “Shelf,” find the book you would like on your Kindle, and choose “Read With” to choose the Kindle format. On the Media on Demand website you click on “My Account,” then “Loans,” and then “Read Now with Kindle.”
In both cases you will be taken to Amazon’s website. If you aren’t already logged in, Amazon will require you to do so at this time. Then click “Get Library Book” and choose the device where you want it delivered. The book will be downloaded over Wifi to that device.
You may find some of our digital services’ apps in the Amazon app store. Simply search by the name of the app.
The Libby app specifically is not available in the Amazon app store for Kindle Fire devices. However, Kindle Fire users can take advantage of the web-app version of Libby, using the Silk browser on the Kindle Fire device.
Just visit the Libby web-app on your Silk or other browser, and then follow the prompts to add a library and library card to Libby. Once configured, the web-app version of Libby will provide a mobile-friendly experience that approximates the mobile app.
If you are comfortable doing so, you can also download the Libby APK file from Overdrive. An APK file is an Android Package Kit file, and it’s used to install apps on Android devices.
To install the Libby APK:
- Tap to download the Libby APK
- If you get any warnings that your browser needs more access, or that this kind of file should be avoided, you can safely dismiss them. This file is directly from Overdrive, and is safe to install. Tap OK, Allow, or Continue to proceed.
- Once the file downloads, tap Open. You can also locate the file in your downloads folder and open it from there.
- If you get a message saying your device is not allowed to install unknown apps from this source, tap Settings and turn “Allow from this source” on. You may want to turn this setting off after installing the Libby app to avoid accidentally downloading unsafe files in the future.
- Tap the back button in the top left corner, then tap Install.
- Once the app is installed, tap Open to start using Libby.
It could be that you weren’t logged in to your account. You need to be logged in to download ebooks found in the online catalog. It could also be that the book is not available to Thomas Ford cardholders. There are other ebook buying groups that use the SWAN catalog, and you only have access to items available through Media on Demand. Generally we recommend you either limit your search to the Thomas Ford library in the drop down menu to the left of the search bar, or search for the title directly in the app you’d like to use (Libby, Hoopla, Axis360).
Our eBook collections are growing all the time, and the way eBook publishers are working with libraries is changing. Some publishers and authors have restricted their works and will not allow them to be available digitally through libraries, in which case we are not be able to add these books to the collection. Others have restrictions that prevent us from offering books within a certain time period after publication. In that case the book will not become available until that embargo period is over.
It really depends on what you want out of your e-reader. Do you want a tablet that can do more than just books? Do you want a device exclusively for reading with a screen that’s more comfortable for your eyes? Do you tend to use a particular brand of products already, and want to keep all of your technology linked? Luckily there’s a tablet or e-reader available for your needs. See our resources below for help deciding what’s right for you.
Best eReaders for 2023
Best Tablets for 2023
Pros and Cons of tablets and e-readers
eBook Reader Buying Guide
Tablet or e-reader? 12 questions to help you decide
ManyBooks Over 29,000 free titles.
Project Gutenberg Over 45,000 free titles.
Open Library Over 1 million free titles.
Feedbooks A place to discover and publish eBooks.
Let us know! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help from a staff member.