Cloud Library apps are available for Android devices, NOOK Tablets, iPhones and iPads.
Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) devices
Visit the 3M download portal to download the mobile app for your device.
NOOK Tablets (NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, NOOK HD, NOOK HD+)
Visit the NOOK Apps store to download the mobile app for your tablet.
When you first launch the app, you will need to select your library and sign in. (You should only have to do this once.)
Select State/County: Minnesota
Select Library: St. Paul - (any location)
Enter Your Library-ID: use your library card barcode
End User License Agreement: open this and tap "agree" to continue.
Tap the Login button to finalize your setup.
Mobile App Features
Browse the most popular Cloud Library books and titles chosen by library staff. To browse all books on a Shelf, tap "List View".
Browse all Cloud Library books by subject. Tap "List View" to see all titles in a subject. Tap "Show All Subcategories" to break the subject area into subcategories.
Search for books by words that appear in the title, author, or book details.
This is where you will find your account information as well as your current books, holds, messages, and more.
This shows books you currently have checked out. Click "List View" to see more options, including "Check In" to return a book early.
Shows books you have on hold, as well as an estimate of how soon the book will be available.
The Wish List will show books that you have suggested to the library for purchase.
This is a list of all Cloud Library books you have read. If you like, you can choose to delete your reading history at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the page and tapping "Delete Reading History".
The Message Center is where you will find any messages from the Library, including notices that your held items are ready for checkout.
Your account profile shows your library name, country, state, and city. If you like, you can change your library information by tapping the "Change Library Information" button.
Checking Out and Reading
Check Out and Holds
When you have found a book you would like, tap the book's cover to bring up the "Book Detail" page. Here you can see a summary and similar books in the collection.
Tap the green "Check Out" button to check out the book. If the book is currently checked out, tap the gray "Add to Hold List" button to place the book on your Hold List.
The book will appear on your Currently Reading list and will download to your device (download times are usually about a minute or less. Books with lots of pictures may take longer to download.)
Tap on the right edge of the screen or swipe to the left to turn pages forward.
To go back, tap on the left edge of the screen or swipe right.
Access book options by tapping in the center of the page.
Tap the "x" icon or "Close" to go back to the book.
Tap i for book details.
Tap the gear icon for print size, margin, brightness, night mode, and lock orientation controls. (On some devices, these functions are under a double-A icon, and functions may vary from device to device.)
Tap the magnifying glass to search inside the book by keyword.
Tap the square box to add bookmarks and notes.
(Note: this screen shot is from an iPad. Similar functions are available for Android devices, but may look slightly different from device to device.)
You can hold up to 10 books at a time. When a book becomes available, a message will appear in your Message Center under "My Books". Books are held for 72 hours (3 days) from the time they become available to you.
Add to Wish List
As you browse the catalog, you may see some books listed under "Similar Books" that are titles not in the Saint Paul Public Library collection. Tapping "Add to Wish List" will add the item to your wish list and send a message to the library's selectors asking them to purchase the title.
Books will automatically be returned to the collection after 21 days. If you would like to return a book early, go to "My Books" and tap "List View". Tap the "Check In" button in the row for the book you would like to return.