Libby 101: Video Demonstrations of How to Use the Libby App (Part 2)

Our previous post showed how to login with Libby for the first time, as well as how to check out an item with Libby. Today, we’ll look at how to explore the library collection, how to place a hold, and a guide to navigating through the shelf feature.

The video below demonstrates how to explore what titles the library has to offer, and how to place a hold on an item that is not currently available.

The second video demonstrates how to use the Shelf feature to see what loans you currently have checked out, as well as how to check out a hold that is ready for pickup, and how to check the status of holds that you have already placed.

If you are interested in a more complete how-to guide about Libby, please check out our full how-to post. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section.

Libby 101: Video Demonstrations of How to Use the Libby App (Part 1)

There are many ebooks and audiobooks available for free through the library. This digital content can be accessed through an e-reader, such as a Kindle or Nook, or through an app called Libby, which is available on all Apple and Android devices. Libby is made by Overdrive, which you may have heard of if you have downloaded digital content before. Currently, there is no Libby app for Kindle Fire devices.

Below are some videos to guide you through the process of using Libby and its features.

To get started, download Libby from either the App Store on Apple devices, such as an iPhone or iPad or the Google Play Store on Android devices.

A video demonstration of opening the Libby app for the first time

Here is a video demonstration of opening the Libby app for the first time and using your library card to login. If you do not have a library card yet, you can sign up for one online.

Once you have downloaded and signed in, you’re ready to search for materials! There is a video demonstration below that shows how to check out an item. The video also shows how to change reading settings.

Stay tuned for more Libby tutorials, including exploring and browsing, how to place a hold, and a guide to the shelf feature.

If you are interested in a more complete how-to guide about Libby, please check out our full how-to post. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section.


See What All the Hoopla Is About

There is a new streaming service coming December 2, 2019 to the East Greenbush Library! Hoopla Digital is a one-stop-shop for all things digital entertainment.

Hoopla Digital is a service that has access to over 700,000 titles in various formats:

-Movies
-Television
-Music
-e-books (including novels, graphic novels and non-fiction)
-Audiobooks

Hoopla Digital is free to any East Greenbush or Schodack resident. If you are a resident of East Greenbush or Schodack and your card is denied, please come to the circulation desk at the library with proof of your current residence.

Hoopla differs from OverDrive because there are no holds or waiting lists. If you are browsing and see an e-book or movie that you want to check out, you can check it out right then and there without having to wait.

You are allowed three checkouts per month. This includes all types of media. The loan period starts from the moment the title is borrowed. Titles will be automatically returned at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees. Additionally, you are able to re-borrow the same title once the lending period has ended. Here are the lending periods for various media types:

e-books/Comics/Graphic Novels – 21 days
Movies/Television – 72 hours (some content 48 hours)
Music – 7 days
Audiobooks – 21 days

This sounds great, you may be saying to yourself, how do I sign up? Well, it’s easy! Starting December 2, 2019, head over to Hoopla’s website or download the app to your device, and create a free account. All you need to sign up is an email address and your library card number.

Once your account has been created, you’re ready to start streaming and/or downloading content. You can view Hoopla content on a computer, your smartphone, and various other streaming devices such as: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android and Amazon Alexa (smart speaker).

Helpful Tips:

If you check out an e-book, the book must be read within the Hoopla app.

If you are unable to borrow materials and you have not reached your monthly three item limit, please contact the library.

If you have any questions, you can contact Hoopla staff directly via email through the app and they will respond within 24 hours.

Pay Library Fines Online

A new feature has been added to the Upper Hudson Library System’s online catalog. Patrons now have the ability to pay for their library fines online with a credit card or PayPal account.

To begin, head over to the UHLS Online Catalog, Encore. There is also a link for “My Account” on the East Greenbush Community Library’s website under the Explore heading.

Once you have logged in with your library card number and PIN, click on the Fines/Fees link on the left. If you have fines, you will see the fine total in parenthesis next to Fines/Fees.

To continue, click on Fines/Fees. Please note that you need to have a minimum balance of $1.01 to pay your fines online.

Here you will see a display listing the details about each fine. Click on the gray Pay Online button to continue.


You can select which fines you would like to pay. By default, all fines are currently selected. Uncheck any fines you would like to pay later. Once you have selected the fines you would like to pay online, click continue. Clicking cancel will take you back to the previous screen.

From here you can enter your payment information. In the top right corner, there is an order summary that displays your the total you will be paying today. There are two ways to pay. If you click Pay with PayPal, you can login with your PayPal account and follow the steps from there. The second option is to enter your credit card information and billing address and click the Pay Now button. Once your payment has processed, you will get a confirmation message that your payment has gone through.

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Have you tried out the new pay online feature? Let us know in the comments!

New Event Calendar Is Live!

We’ve been working hard to configure a new calendar and room reservation software, and we’re really excited about it!  The new calendar went live today.  Here is a screen shot of the home page, which can be reached by going to http://events.eglibrary.org:

Navigation

Menu Bar

  • Home brings you back to the home page of our website, as does clicking our logo
  • Events calendar brings you to the view you see above.
  • Reserve a room leads to our online meeting room reservation system.  This can be used by patrons who want to request the use of one of our meeting rooms for their group.
  • Newsletter takes you to a page we have set up for viewing the current newsletter, subscribing to email news, linking to age-specific calendars, and subscribing to events using RSS.

Filters

On the left side of the page, you will see a number of options to limit the visible events.  You can select as many filters as you like, but note that a very limited search may return no results.  After selecting filters, click “apply” to see the abridged view.

  • Keyword allows you to search for any word in the event title or description.  Keep in mind that events not sponsored by the library cannot be viewed on the calendar.
  • Age limits to any age group you check.  If you are only interested in events for children, check the children box and click “apply.”
  • Program Type indicates the subject of the program.  If you would like to see all of the computer classes at the library, choose the “computers and technology” program type.  If you only want to see adult computer classes, make sure you also check “adult” in the age filter.
  • Room see all of the events in a particular room.

Upcoming and Month Views

Using the green buttons at the top of the page, you can switch between the monthly calendar view and the upcoming view.  Upcoming shows events in card format, starting with today’s events.

In the monthly view, you can skip ahead several months by clicking on the month name and using the date picker to advance to any month:

How Do I Register for an Event?

Click to see written instructions, instead.  Please note that if you do not provide an email address in your registration, you will not receive event reminders or be notified of event cancellations or wait list promotion.

How Do I Request a Room?

See page 2 of the written instructions if you’d prefer that over video.

What if I Registered/Reserved Using the Old Calendar?

Rest assured, our staff has been hard at work making sure all future events, registrations, and meeting room reservations are being transferred.  Please let us know if anything went awry in that process.

I Still Have Questions or Comments

Let us know in the comments below or call the library at 518-477-7476.  We look forward to your feedback!