Visit the 3M download portal to download the PC or Mac app for your computer.
- The PC app works with Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
- The Mac version works with Mac OS X.
Use the PC/Mac app to search, check out, and read e-books from the Cloud Library, or to transfer e-books to a portable e-book reader.
Cloud Library e-books are not compatible with Kindles.
When you first launch the app, you will need to select your library and sign in.
- State: Minnesota
- Library: St. Paul - (any location)
- Username: use your library card barcode
PC/Mac App Features
Shelves - browse featured books and titles chosen by library staff.
Categories - browse all books by subject.
Search - search for books by words that appear in the title, author, or book details.
My Books - account information as well as your current books, holds, messages, and more.
- Currently Reading - books you have currently checked out.
- Hold List - books you have on hold, as well as an estimate of how soon the book will be available.
- Wish List - books that you have suggested to the library for purchase.
- Reading History - all Cloud Library books you have checked out. Delete your reading history by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking "Delete Reading History".
- Message Center - messages from the Library, including notices that your held items are ready for checkout.
- Account Profile - account information, email notice preference, and Log Out.
Check Out and Holds
Click the green "Check Out" button to check out the book. If the book is currently checked out, click 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 computer.
Reading on Your Computer
Under the Currently Reading section of My Books, click on the book cover to open it. The first time you open a book, Cloud Library needs to activate an Adobe ID.
If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, you will be given the option of using a system-provided Adobe ID or using your own. Make your choice and click "OK" to proceed.
If you already have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer authorized with your personal Adobe ID, the Cloud Library app will use your personal ID to continue.
The book will open in a 5th tab, to the right of "My Books".
Use the arrows on the right and left of the book's pages to move through the books.
Click the upper right corner of the book for more options.
Transferring to Your E-book Reader
Turn on your e-book reader and connect it to your computer.
In the Cloud Library app, go to the "My Books" tab. Once the app has recognized your device, you should see a "connected to device" message and "download to device" buttons for each book you have downloaded to your computer. Click the "download to device" button to transfer the book to your e-book reader.
When you are done transferring e-books to your reader, eject the device. The book should now be available on your reader. (Some readers will file the title in a folder called "Digital Editions".)
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 books listed that are not in the Saint Paul Public Library collection. Click "Add to Wish List" to add the item to your wish list and send a message to the library's selectors asking them to purchase the title.
E-books are automatically returned to the collection at the end of their check-out period. To return a book early, go to "My Books" and click "List View". Click the "Check In" button in the row for the book you would like to return.