How can I borrow eBooks from the Public Library?

Borrowing eBooks from the Public Library

One of the advantages of the Kobo eReader is being able to borrow eBooks from your local public library. Most public libraries use Adobe® Digital Rights Management (DRM) to protect their eBooks, which means that you can use Adobe Digital Editions to load the eBooks onto your Kobo eReader.?? Before borrowing an eBook from the public library, ensure you have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, and that your computer and eReader are authorized.

Borrowing a Library eBook 

  1. Using your web browser, log in to your local public library account.
  2. Find an eBook you would like to borrow.
  3. Follow the website’s directions to download and save the file. Make sure you save it to an easy-to-find location on your computer (like your Desktop).
  4. Locate the file on your computer <it will be called urllink.ascm>.
  5. Double click the file.
  6. Adobe Digital Editions will launch, authorize the file, and download the eBook.
  7. Connect your eReader to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  8. Tap Connect, or on an original eReader or Wireless eReader, select Manage Library. 

On a Windows computer, in Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Click Borrowed in the left column.
  2. Click and drag the borrowed eBook to the eReader icon under Bookshelves in the left column.
  3. Eject your eReader and unplug the USB cable.
  4. Your eReader will process the new content.
  5. The book's cover will be shown on your Home page. On an original or Wireless eReader, the book will be listed in the I'm Reading section.

On a Mac computer, in Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Exit Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Launch Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Click Borrowed in the left-hand column.
  4. Click and drag the borrowed eBook to the eReader icon under Bookshelves in the left column.
  5. Eject your eReader and unplug the USB cable.
  6. Your eReader will process the new content.
  7. The book's cover will be shown on your Home page. On an original or Wireless eReader, the book will be listed in the I'm Reading section.

Note:

  • Depending on where your computer saves downloaded files, you may have to hunt around a bit to find the urllink.acsm file. A quick search for "urllink" can help.
  • The urllink.acsm file is not actually the eBook file. It is a link that Adobe Digital Editions uses to go to the library's servers and download the ebook file into Adobe Digital Editions. You can't "read" a urllink file.

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