If you are looking for something to read and don't have a library card then BiblioBoard is for you! Or if you have a library card, but are just looking for one econtent.
All items on BiblioBoard are available with no holds, no waits, and no library card required. See more about RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs and all our digital offerings.
Unlimited Access E-Books Available to Everyone in Illinois at No Cost
Q: Did you know?
A: Every library in Illinois has access to free, simultaneous use e-books via the BiblioBoard Library.
Q: What content is available on BiblioBoard?
A: The BiblioBoard Library has a robust collection of educational materials, independently published e-books, classics, primary source materials, and so much more.
Q: How do users access these materials?
A: Just click on this link: https://library.biblioboard.com/welcome. If you see a login screen, click on the “BiblioBoard Library of Illinois” button. It looks like the image to the right.
Q: This looks awesome, how does my library sign up?
A: There is no need to sign up to access BiblioBoard Library! Just add the link to your website to provide your users with access to these resources. There is no additional cost for the library.
Have more questions? Contact email@example.com.
Youth Award List Titles Now in eRead Illinois Axis 360
The 2021 Monarch, Bluestem, Lincoln, and Rebecca Caudill award titles are now available in eRead Illinois Axis 360. eRead Illinois member libraries can find them on their Axis 360 site today.
For more information about joining eRead Illinois, go to ereadillinois.com.
The Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project Is Now Accepting Submissions!
Enter your independently-published work of adult fiction or young adult fiction into this year’s Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest. Submissions must be written by an Illinois resident, and available as either an ePUB or PDF file. The contest will close on May 31.
You can find last year’s winning books in the BiblioBoard Library.
See more about RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs and all our digital offerings.
New Popup Picks Have Arrived!
Our rotating collection of hand-curated, frontlist e-books has been updated to include timely materials you can share with your patrons. This new collection includes a celebration of Pride Month, books and comics that follow this year’s summer reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,” and the winners of the statewide Indie Author Project competitions. There are no holds or waiting for items in this community collection, and titles can be read by multiple users at the same time via BiblioBoard.
Developed through a partnership between RAILS and BiblioLabs, Popup Picks are available to everyone in Illinois free of charge and without the need of a login or library card. See more information on Popup Picks and all our BiblioBoard offerings.
Overdrive offers Harry Potter eBook and audiobook for FREE
Enjoy #HarryPotterAtHome! The #ebook and #audiobook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (US) is available for unlimited access through our @OverDriveLibs digital collection in the month of April.
Download Libby to unlock the magic.
Readers may also visit harrypotterathome.com for additional information and activities to do at home.
Tumble Books has Offers Free Resouces
www.TumbleBookLibrary.com - K-6 children's ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
www.TumbleMath.com - K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
www.TeenBookCloud.com - gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
www.AudioBookCloud.com - all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
www.RomanceBookCloud.com - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
OverDrive Launches Big Library Read Early
OverDrive has decided to kick off our Big Library Read Program a week early.
Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is now live in ebook and audiobook format until April 13th. The title is available with unlimited access to all of our patrons. It’s a great way to bring the community together through reading and discussion.
Get readers talking
Check out this reader guide and discussion board designed to encourage conversation and help people get the most from Funny, You Don't Look Autistic.
Readers also have a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet when they use #biglibraryread on social media.
Audible Offers Free eBooks
For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
It's that easy.
Name Change for LJ's SELF-e Select
You may have noticed that the collection of Library Journal vetted, self-published e-books on BiblioBoard has a new name: Self-e Select is now Indie Author Project Select.
There are new Indie Author Project Select titles available. Check out the latest and greatest independently published e-books on BiblioBoard, which includes Indie Author Project winner Ran Walker.
Like everything in the BiblioBoard Library, these titles are available to everyone in Illinois through RAILS; no library card or login required.
Self-published authors interested in submitting their work for inclusion in the Indie Autor Project Select collection can do so on the Indie Author Project web page.
For more information on submitting your work to Indie Author Project Select, and other self-publishing tools available to everyone in Illinois, check out inkie.org.
Fresh Collection of Popup Picks
Our rotating collection of hand-curated, front-list e-books has been updated to include timely materials you can share with your patrons. This collection includes a celebration of Black History Month, poetry for all ages, interactive titles for kids, and more.
There are no holds or waiting for items in this community collection, and titles can be read by multiple users at the same time via the BiblioBoard Library. See more information on Popup Picks and all our BiblioBoard offerings.
Overdrive Launches Together We Read Online Book Club
We are thrilled to announce Together We Read – a digital book club available for the first time to our U.S. library partners – kicks off February 19 with the inaugural title Lean on Me by Pat Simmons.
Get ready for a story readers are calling, The most empowering story line of a family tied together by the power of unconditional love.
Together We Read is a two-week (Feb. 19 - Mar. 4) digital book club that connects readers from the U.S. with the same ebook at the same time without any waitlists or holds. The program is free and similar to OverDrive's Big Library Read. You will need your library card.
Read the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project’s First YA Winner on BiblioBoard
You can now read the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project’s very first YA winner on BiblioBoard. Check out The Remedy Files: Illusion today!
Like everything in the BiblioBoard Library, The Remedy Files: Illusion is made available at no cost to everyone in Illinois without the need for a login or a library card. There are no holds, no waiting, and content can be accessed by everyone in the family at the same time. See more about RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs and all our digital offerings.
The Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project is an annual contest to recognize excellence in self-publishing in Illinois. In 2019, a YA category was added. Visit the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project for more information.
Read a Recovered Classic
BiblioBoard is home to dozens of classic novels, including canonical works of American, British, and world literature. These e-books are available for simultaneous use and can be read at any time by anyone in Illinois via the BiblioBoard website or app.
Better yet, each classic book in the Recovering the Classics collection has been given reimagined, contemporary cover art. As a RAILS member, you have access to these images to use for programs, promotion, or inspiration for classroom projects. Go to the RAILS website to download any of the Recovering the Classics covers.
All items on BiblioBoard are available with no holds, no waits, and no library card required. See more about RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs and all our digital offerings.
New Titles in eRead Illinois Collection
eRead Illinois members, check out these buzzworthy new titles that have been added to the shared collection on Axis 360 in February:
Explore More Illinois Adds American Writers Museum
American Writers Museum in Chicago is Explore More Illinois’ newest attraction. The museum is an interactive playground for literature lovers who want to learn more about their favorite writers and discover new ones. Your patrons receive half-off admission to American Writers Museum when they use Explore More Illinois.
Explore More Illinois has 247 participating libraries. The Explore More Illinois website has a list of current attractions and FAQ. To join, please email Jessica Barnes.
Rebecca Caudill Titles Now in eRead Illinois Axis 360
Good news, everyone! The 2021 Rebecca Caudill books have been added to the collection as e-books and as audiobooks when available.
While all the materials available via eRead Illinois Axis 360 are available to one user at a time, we try to maintain a low holds ratio so that your users spend less time waiting for popular e-books.
WHAT IS HOLD REDELIVERY?
Hold redelivery will allow users to suspend a hold even after it’s made available to them while maintaining their place on the wait list. By enabling users to pass books they don’t have time to read on to the next person in line, hold redelivery will help our library connect more readers to the right book, at the right time.HOW WILL IT WORK?
Libby notifications (coming soon) will alert you when your holds become available. We’ll also add a “Notifications” section to the OverDrive website and the OverDrive app. After receiving notification that a hold is available, you can:1) Borrow the title within three days.
2) Suspend the hold (redeliver it) and pass the book to the next person in line. After the suspension period (set by you), you will be able to borrow the book when the next copy is available.
3) Cancel the hold.
If you take no action, your hold will automatically be suspended one time for seven days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be canceled automatically.
New Axis 360 app released
Last month Baker & Taylor released a new version of the Axis 360 app. This latest update represents a significant change to the design and usability of the app. Search and browse functions have been streamlined, the option to filter content is easier than ever, and the look and feel of the app has been given a complete refresh.
Updates to the app are being released regularly. These updates will continue to improve on the reader, audiobook player, and overall functionality.
Macmillan embargo begins
On November 1, Macmillan Publishers began embargoing the sale of additional e-book copies to libraries for eight weeks after the publication date.
For the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection, we have decided to delay the purchase of our one allowed perpetual copy until seven weeks before its library release date.
There are two Macmillan titles, The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado that were added to the collection before November 1 but published after the embargo took effect. Although they are in-demand titles patrons will wait longer to get them since we are not able to purchase additional copies for several more weeks.
RAILS has put together a web page of resources to learn more about the issue.
Best Books of 2019
Several best books of the year lists are out. Find these titles and more in your eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection:
Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project winners announced
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, Jean Rabe and Lauren Eckhardt!
The Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project recognizes excellent self-published fiction for adult and YA audiences.
These titles will be available in the eRead Illinois Axis 360 collection in early 2020. Until then, anyone in Illinois can find and read these titles via the BiblioBoard Library.
Aspiring authors are encouraged to self-publish and submit their work via inkie.org. Find more information here.
Overdrive Changes Announced-March 3rd Hold Redelivery is Live!
We are excited to introduce a new feature to delight more readers while also helping your wait lists move more efficiently. This new feature, called hold redelivery, will soon replace auto-checkout. Please review the below information for important details about this change.
WHAT IS HOLD REDELIVERY?
Hold redelivery will allow users to suspend a hold even after it’s made available to them, while maintaining their place on the wait list. By enabling users to pass books they don’t have time to read on to the next person in line, hold redelivery will help your library connect more readers to the right book, at the right time.
WHEN WILL IT GO LIVE?
Hold redelivery will go live in early 2020 and will be applied to all new and existing holds. We will follow up in the new year with confirmation of timing.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Libby notifications (coming soon) will alert users when their holds become available. We will also add a “Notifications” section to your OverDrive website and the OverDrive app. After receiving notification that a hold is available, users can:
If you takes no action, your hold will automatically be suspended one time for 7 days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be cancelled automatically.
HELP & RESOURCES
As with any change, we know there will be an adjustment period for users, so we reached out to our OverDrive Partner Advisors for input on how we can best help prepare. Based on their feedback, we have the following resources to help with the transition:
As someone who has the problem of all holds coming in at once, this is awesome! We think customers will be very pleased with the upgraded functionality.
Libby updates: In addition to push notifications (coming soon), in-app help resources will guide users through the change.
The eRead Illinois Axis 360 App Gets a Makeover
eRead Illinois members, the Axis 360 app was recently updated. This new version represents a significant update to the look and usability of the app. The search and browse functions have been improved, the visual elements of the app have been refreshed, and the overall performance has been enhanced.
Have you heard the news? @OverDriveLibs + @ALALibrary have teamed up to create #LTBookPick, a book club that also offers unlimited digital access to its picks! The first pick is @kassandra_m7's AFTER THE FLOOD. Get downloading at https://bit.ly/2ZWPMrh.
Read and share the joy of reading in your community!
OverDrive, one of the our library's ebook vendors, is promoting Everyone Reads. This literacy campaign takes the beautiful message that people from all walks of life read and recreates it for a digital age.
At everyonereads.com you’ll find short video public service announcements (PSAs) from celebrities and authors explaining what reading means to them, as well as recommendations for books they love.
New videos and book recommendations will be added frequently, discussing the joys of reading regardless of format. You’ll find celebrations of physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks, as well as book recommendations across all reading levels and genres.
During a press conference yesterday, ALA launched a national campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. ALA debuted an online petition for members of the public and the library community to urge Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the proposed embargo on e-books sold to libraries.
ILA released a statement last month regarding the embargo on e-books and we join ALA in urging you to denounce Macmillian's embargo and take action by signing the online petition and posting on social media using the hashtag #ebooksforall.
We have audio books available in a variety of formats. We have books on CD in the library to checkout or you may borrow one through Inter Library Loan.
We also subscribe to two E-book services the Alliance Digital Media Library commonly known as ADML is from the vendor, OverDrive and eRead Illinois which is from the vendor, Baker & Taylor. We are part of a consortium that allows our library patrons to checkout out materials with your library card and PIN. You may download E-Audio books and E-books onto a variety of devices. Please click on the RSA Catalog link below and the information about the Audiobooks/E-books is on the right side of the page. These are the options you will see on the home page of our RSA Catalog.
BookMyne: Search using the RSAcat app from your mobile device. BookMyne allows you to search RSA Libraries, place items on hold, manage your account and more.
Libby for ADML: The newest app from Overdrive to download eBooks and audiobooks from ADML directly to your mobile device. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Public Library.
OverDrive for ADML: Download eBooks and audiobooks from ADML directly to your mobile device. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Public Library.
Kindle ebook reader: Read ebooks borrowed from your library's ADML collection. Reads Kindle, and mobi formated files. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Library.
Axis 360 app for eRead Illinois (Baker & Taylor): Search your library's eRead Illinois collection and download eBooks and eAudiobooks. You need a valid library card and PIN from a participating RSA Library.
For Libby users-PLEASE BE AWARE
There is an issue in which an item shows as an ADML/Overdrive eAudiobook in RSACat, but when it’s held and checked out it’s only available in Overdrive and not Libby. Within the app it can’t be discovered in Libby at all, only Overdrive.
This is the response from Overdrive:
Libby can only show and access titles with an OverDrive Read/Listen format available. If a title does not have an OverDrive Listen format available it will not display in Libby. The title can still be accessed in the OverDrive app.
eRead Illinois Axis 360 and the Macmillan Embargo
Last month, Macmillan announced changes to their policy for selling e-books to libraries. Starting November 1, Macmillan will only sell one copy of any newly released Macmillan e-book to a library system. That one copy will be available in perpetuity and will be priced at $30. Additional copies will not be available for purchase until eight weeks after publication. Those additional copies will cost $60 each and expire after 2 years.
Macmillan’s decision to embargo additional copies negatively impacts eRead Illinois Axis 360 members as well as RAILS libraries that participate in other e-content consortia. Both ALA an ILA have released statements condemning the move, which limits libraries’ ability to provide equitable access to information and resources.
When it comes to eRead Illinois Axis 360, we are committed to maintaining a demand driven collection development strategy. RAILS is exploring options for purchasing content, and will continually reevaluate ways to meet users’ needs. To that end, the acquisition of Macmillan titles may be delayed once this embargo goes into effect.
We are keeping a close watch on these changes, working with partners, taking action, and as always, advocating for our members. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for more updates, ideas, and examples of efforts by libraries and library supporters to encourage more fair and equitable licensing terms for libraries.
The Axis 360 App is Getting a Makeover!
You will be able to see more content on the home screen, buttons have been polished, icons have been refreshed, and the browse and search features have been streamlined. Additional updates and improvements have been made to the reader function.
The new version of the app will be available in your device’s app store sometime in the next week.
We are thrilled to introduce inkie.org, a suite of self-publishing resources for authors, readers, and libraries. Through RAILS' partnership with BiblioBoard, inkie.org is available to everyone in Illinois free, without the need of a library card.
Inkie.org has three main audiences – authors, readers, and libraries.
Amazon’s Self Publishing
Barnes & Noble’s Self Publishing
CrimeSpace: A place for Readers and Writers of Crime Fiction to Meet
Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
National Novel Writing Month
Writers Write: Your One-Stop Resource for Information about Books, Writing & Publishing