Downloading 3M Cloud Library eBooks for eReaders

If you have an: eReader
(These directions are for any non-Kindle eReader such as a Sony Reader, Kobo, Pandigital, NOOK, etc.)

You can download: eBooks from RCPL’s 3M Cloud Library

You will need: mac  

A Mac or Windows PC, your NOOK, and your NOOK’s USB cable.


Get Set Up (You will only have to do this once):

Download the App on your computer:

Go to Richland Library’s 3M Cloud Library at and click on the “Reader Apps” link at the top right corner of the page.


Click on the “Windows” link to access the download page for the 3M Cloud Library for Windows App, or “Mac” to download the Mac application.

Click on the “Download Cloud Library for Windows”  or “Download Cloud Library for Mac” image:

Follow the prompts to install the software.

The first time you open the program, you will need to choose SC as your state, Richland Library as your library, and enter your Richland Library Card Number.

Authenticating the App:

If you already use the software program Adobe Digital Editions to download eBooks from OverDrive or another service, 3M Cloud Library should automatically detect and use the same Adobe ID you used to authenticate that program.

If Adobe Digital Editions is not already installed and registered, or 3M Cloud Library does not detect your Adobe ID, it will give you two options: Use a 3M Cloud ID (no sign-in required, other than your library card) or enter an Adobe ID and Password.

The simplest way to proceed is to let 3M Cloud Library handle the authentication, and skip the process of creating or remembering an Adobe ID and password.

But! If you intend to transfer both 3M Cloud Library eBooks and OverDrive eBooks to a (non-Kindle) eReader, such as a NOOK or Sony Reader, you should authenticate your 3M Cloud Library app using your Adobe ID and password. Otherwise your eReader will only work with one service at a time.

Using the App:

Browsing and searching for eBooks using the 3M Cloud Library app works just like it does on the 3M Cloud Library website and in the 3M Cloud Library mobile apps.

Navigation Buttons

The navigation icons at the top of the screen allow you to browse by Shelves or by Categories, to Search, or to view your Books.

You can use Advanced Search to narrow your search to currently available titles only.

When you click on My Books, you will see any books you have checked out using either this app, the web interface, the Discover Terminal, or a 3M Cloud Library mobile app. To read one of these books, click on its cover. This will open the book in a fifth navigation tab. To exit, you can click on one of the other tabs (Shelves, Categories, Search, My Books).

Transferring eBooks to your eReader:

Connect your eReader to your computer using its USB cable. In the 3M Cloud Library App, a notification will appear below the navigation tabs: “connected to device: ___” (with your eReader identified after the word device). Click on “My Books” and you will see a green “download to device” button on your eBooks. Click it to transfer your eBooks. A dialog box will tell you when your eBook has been successfully transferred to your device.

Note: If you are using an eReader or the 3M Cloud Library app for the first time, you may be asked about your Adobe authorization. See above for more detail.

Safely eject the eReader from your computer.

Your eBooks have been transferred to your eReader.

Click here to see a video of the download and transfer process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I transferred my library eBooks to my eReader–where are they?

Depending on your model of eReader, your 3M Cloud Library eBook may be loaded into the eReader’s “library” (with all of your other books) or into a “documents” folder for sideloaded content.

Returning eBooks Early:

As of 9/19/12, the 3M Cloud Library App for PC v1.25 no longer allows users to return books early. (Smartphone and tablet app users can still check in ebooks early from their devices.)

See all 3M Cloud Library FAQs


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