Library makes accessing digital content easy

By Jenny Rozema, Camrose Canadian Contributor

Different types of media have made it easier than ever to access material that would otherwise have been harder to obtain on a day-to-day basis. Ebooks, eaudiobooks, websites dedicated to borrowing music, and movies through your laptop, smart phone, or tablet have changed the many ways that we are able to access different mediums of material. The Camrose Public Library has access to many of these resources and has made it simple and cost effective for library members to access them. 


To access any of our electronic materials, all you need is a valid library card and to visit the Camrose Public Library website at http://cpl.prl.ab.ca. Once there, hover over the “elibrary” tab at the top of the page and select the type of service you would like to access from the drop down menu. Along with each platform, there is an opportunity to learn more about what it offers (click “learn more”) including how to download the app and the materials onto that app. If you simply want to visit the platform, click on the “visit resource” and get started. 

CloudLibrary is an ebook platform with over 3,000 titles. It requires an app to be installed on your device to which you will simply transfer anything you borrow from the library. CloudLibrary sorts ebooks into newest items, genres, most popular items in the past month, the best of the year, and more. You can also search the titles if there is a specific title you’re looking for. Ebooks automatically return themselves at the end of three weeks so you never have to worry about overdue fees. Read Alberta eBooks is another collection of ebooks available on the cloudLibrary, which includes over 1,000 Alberta-published books from 24 Alberta Publishers. 

RBdigital platform offers magazines (that you never have to return), eaudiobooks, and ebooks. If you download the app to your device, you can skip visiting the platform on your computer and simply search for, and download, your selections on your device. These items return themselves at the end of three weeks or you can renew them if someone else does not have a hold on them. 

If keeping up with world news is your thing, you can visit either PressReader or Newspaper Source Plus. Between the two platforms, you will have access to millions of newspapers from around the world in hundreds of languages. They allow you to search for specific subjects, images, or read the paper from cover to cover just like a physical newspaper. 

Hoopla gives you access to thousands of movies, music albums, audiobooks, comic books, and more. Titles are available on demand, so you never have to wait for someone to return your favourite album before you are able to sign it out. 

CELA and NNELS are formats created specifically for those who are print disabled. The term print disabled means anyone who is unable to read a book because of failing eyesight, because they have a medical condition that has left them unable to hold a physical book, or any other reason. Contact the library staff to make sure we have noted your print disability on your record so you can borrow seamlessly. 

The Alberta Research Portal is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources. It allows you to search extensive resources including those related to Indigenous peoples, the Associate Press Collections, the Smithsonian Collection online, and more. 

Mango Languages helps you learn new languages and connect with other cultures. It teaches over 60 languages in a manner that makes learning, and your next trip abroad, fun.

Grant Connect is an online resource that is licensed for in-library use only, but everyone is allowed to access it. If you work for a charitable organization and are looking for new funding opportunities, search Grant Connect.  

Library hours: 

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The library is closed all weekend days of statutory holidays. 

 Jenny Rozema is one of the smiling faces you see at the front desk at the library. She is also a fourth-year student at Augustana where she is finishing up a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English. She hopes to take her degree and someday edit novels by Stephen King.  


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