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Getting Started with Streaming

You'll need your APLD library card, PIN, email, and internet connection

Freegal

Music, Videos and Audiobooks

Download up to 3 DRM free songs per week and stream up to 3 hours per day

 Open Freegal 

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Using Freegal on Your Desktop/Laptop

  1. Use the access link and click Login.
  2. Enter your library card information, and then click Log In.
  3. You will return to the Home page, which has curated and featured content.
    • If you want to listen to something specific, enter a keyword in the search bar at the top of the screen.
    • If you’d rather explore, click the Browse tab.

As you search and browse, there are a few ways to listen to content:

  • download files on your computer
    • When downloading music, you have a certain number of credits available. Typically, each song takes one credit and each music video takes two.
  • streaming

*Unlike albums and songs, which can be streamed and downloaded, music videos can only be downloaded.

To download a file, click the arrow Or, if you don’t have enough download credits, click the star to add it to your wishlist.

  • The downloaded files will automatically save to your computer, and, if you want to see your wishlist, click the Home tab, and then click My Wishlist.

To stream music, click the Stream or Play button.

  • The Freegal player will open at the bottom of the screen and the music will immediately begin to play.
  • If you want to add a song to a playlist, click the add-to-list button, and then select either Create Playlist or a playlist you’ve already created.
  • To add an entire album to a playlist, click the three-dot icon and select Add to playlist.

When creating a new playlist, enter the name of the playlist and a description of the songs inside, and then click Create New Playlist. You can find your playlists and saved music in the My Music tab.

Using the Freegal app

  1. Download the Freegal app.
  2. When you first open the app, Freegal might ask to access your location. Tap Allow or Don’t Allow to continue. If you choose not to allow access, enter your zip code, and then tap the Continue button.
  3. Tap Aurora Public Library District and enter your library card information, and then tap Log In.

There are three ways to save a file for later. Tap the three dots for a file or album

  • tap download
  • add to streaming playlist
  • add to wishlist.

Downloaded files and playlists are found in the My Music tab.

When you tap the play or stream button, a player will open at the bottom of the screen. 

Hoopla

 

eBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies, Comics, Music, and Television
10 checkouts a month

 Open Hoopla 

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  • If you check out 10 items in March, you must wait until April to borrow more Hoopla materials.
  • Music albums may be borrowed only twice per calendar month. If you check out the album Overexposed, by Maroon 5, twice in March you must wait until April to borrow it again. Video and audiobook content do not have this restriction.
  • Titles are always available. There are no renewals or overdue charges for items borrowed. These items return automatically at end of lending period.

Create a Hoopla Digital Account on Your Desktop/Laptop

  1. Go to hoopladigital.com or use the access link.
  2. Select Sign Up.
  3. Select Aurora Public Library District.
  4. Follow the steps to register with your library card number and PIN.
  5. Enter email address and password to log in.
  6. Use the menu to browse content.

Create a Hoopla Digital Account on Your Tablet/Phone/Smart TV

  1. Get the free Hoopla App from the app store/marketplace for your device.
  2. Select Sign Up.
  3. Select Aurora Public Library District.
  4. Follow the steps to register with your library card number and PIN.
  5. Enter email address and password to log in.
  6. Use the menu to browse content.

Return Materials Early

  1. Open the Hoopla App or go to hoopladigital.com.
  2. Go to My Titles >Borrowed.
  3. Select the title you want to return.
  4. Select Return Now.

Libby/Overdrive

 eBooks & eAudiobooks
 Download up to 10 items

 Open Overdrive  

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Borrow eBooks and audiobooks from your library using Libby on your mobile devices.

  1. Download or open Libby on your device:
  2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find Aurora Public Library District and sign in with a library card.
  3. Browse the library's catalog and borrow a title.
  4. Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically when you're connected to Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you're offline.
  5. On your Shelf, tap loans at the top of the screen. From there, you can:
    • Tap Read With... to choose where you'd like to read the book (Kindle or Libby), then finish sending to Kindle (U.S. libraries only) or start reading in Libby.
    • Tap Open In Libby, Open Magazine, or Open Audiobook to start reading or listening in the app.
    • Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return.

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your library using OverDrive on a computer.

  1. Go to aurorapubliclibrary.overdrive.com, use the access link below, or use libbyapp.com
    • Note: libbyapp.com works best in up-to-date versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
  2. Find Aurora Public Library District.
  3. Borrow a title from the digital collection. You'll need a valid library card or student ID to complete this step.
  4. Enjoy! You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed ebooks to a Kindle device (U.S. libraries and schools only).

If you're on a computer, you may also be able to transfer titles to compatible ereaders.

PressReader

Over 7000 newspapers and magazine from over 120 countries in over 60 languages with unlimited downloads

 Open Pressreader 

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  • You do NOT need a PressReader account to read magazines and newspapers.
  • You DO need an account if you want to save publications or share your publications across devices.

You must have iOS 13 or higher to use the PressReader app on iOS devices.

Getting started from the library website:

  1. Click the Access link below.
  2. If prompted, type your card number and PIN.
  3. You should see the PressReader landing page where you can select a magazine or newspaper to read. 


Create a PressReader Account (Optional)
Creating a PressReader account allows you to follow publications and read across devices.

  1. Click the access link below.
  2. Click the Account button on the PressReader site.
  3. Click "New User. Sign Up Now."
  4. Fill out the form and click "Create My Account."
  5. You’ll be taken to the PressReader home screen. Now you can add publications to your account and read across devices.


Access a Magazine on the PressReader App

  • Access Without a PressReader Account
    1. Download the PressReader app.
    2. Click "Sign In."
    3. Click the "Libraries & Groups" button.
    4. Search for "Aurora Public Library District." 
    5. Select "Aurora Public Library District" from the list.
    6. Click "Sign In."
    7. If prompted, type your library card number and PIN. 
    8. You should see the PressReader landing page where you can select a magazine or newspaper to read. 
  • Access with a PressReader Account
    1. Download the PressReader app.
    2. Create an account.
    3. In the PressReader app, go to your account.
    4. Look for "Library" in the list of options.
    5. Select "Aurora Public Library District" from the list.
    6. Click "Sign In."
    7. Enter your library card number and PIN.
    8. Your PressReader account is now connected to APLD's collection so you can read magazines and newspapers for free.

Tumblebook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, quizzes, and teacher resources

 Open Tumblebook Library 

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Download our guide

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, quizzes, and teacher resources.

Read and listen to stories on your computer

  1. Click the access link below.
  2. On the login page, enter your library card information and then click Submit.
  3. Once on the homepage you can start reading. Books are arranged into several categories. 
    • Browse by category or genre using the Story Books, Read Alongs, Non Fiction, and Videos tabs in the header menu.
  4. If you’re looking for something specific, click the TumbleSearch icon to search.
    • The TumbleSearch page will appear with specific search categories to choose from. You may only search one category at a time.
  • To learn more about a title, click a book cover.
  • Book summary pages contain information about the title’s author, illustrator, and lexile level.
    • To read the book, click Read Online.
  • Storybooks open in TumbleBook Player and are automatically read aloud.
    • Click the arrow buttons to turn the page.
    • Click the pause button to pause the narration. 
  • Chapter books open in TumbleReader.
    • Click the right or left side of the scren to turn pages.
    • Click the screen to change the text size, place a bookmark, or go to a different chapter. Then use the menu buttons to make your adjustments.

Back in the TumbleBook main site, the Playlist tab has pre-made collections of content that follow certain themes. Playlists focus on the length of time it takes to read or listen to a book. To get started, click a playlist name. 

Read and listen to stories with the app

  1. Download the Tumblebook Library app
  2. When opening the app for the first time, tap Library
  3. And then enter your country and state. Once you’re finished, tap Next.
  4. Enter your your library card information. Once finished, tap Log in!

TumbleBooks will go to the home screen where you can scroll down to browse .

  • Tap the menu icon to browse categories.
  • Tap TumbleSearch to look for something specific.
    • The TumbleSearch page will appear with specific search categories to choose from. You may only search one category at a time.

TumbleBooks will open story books in the Tumblebook Player and will begin automatically. To see the player interface, tap the screen.

  • Use the Tumblebook Player interface to pause, play, and rewind the book. Use the slider in the upper right corner to change the volume.

Read-along books and chapter books open in the Tumblereader. 

  • Tap the green play button to hear the book read aloud, tap the screen to see the interface, and tap the back arrow to exit the book.