In December 2019, the Schertz Public Library will begin offering virtual library cards and a new option for e-book and e-audiobook checkouts to all library users through the cloudLibrary app.
With cloudLibrary, a patron’s library card is just a touch away, eliminating the frustration of a forgotten or misplaced card. The virtual card can be used for any library transaction that traditionally required a physical card. In addition, users can add multiple cards and switch between accounts with ease.
cloudLibrary users can favorite, mark as read, and sort and filter a digital record of their library borrow history. Additionally, the Library has plans to join cloudLink, a program that will allow us to share digital collections with other participating Texas libraries. Through the cloudLink program, patrons will have access to over 100,000 items from other participating libraries across Texas. That is SIX times the amount of titles available in our OverDrive Lone Star Digital Library and more than TEN times the amount of titles available in our RbDigital collection. Consequentially, we will no longer have access to RbDigital as of January 1, 2020.
“We’re thrilled about this service and the increased convenience it provides for our patrons both in and outside of our library’s walls,” says Natalie Shults, Virtual Services Librarian.
The new service is offered at no cost to all Schertz Public Library patrons, requiring only a valid library card. bibliotheca’s cloudLibrary app is available for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or by visiting www.yourcloudlibrary.com. Users will then need to follow the prompts and simply login using their library card number and PIN.
The service will be available for Schertz Public Library users in December, with cloudLinking to begin mid-December pending approval. Stay in touch via social media, or speak with one of our friendly staff for more details.