Free Class on Downloading Magazines with your library card

Picture1North Platte Library Card Holders can now download magazines for FREE to their computer, or by using the Zinio for Libraries App, to a tablet or smartphone! Here are just a few examples:  Guideposts, Forbes, Creative Knitting, Backyard Living, National Geographic, and many more.

Our library has joined the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op to provide card holders with more electronic resources.  Create an account using your library card and pin numbers; and then a log in using your email and a password.

Call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3320 for more information or come to our 1-hr free sessions on Thursday, April 14th, set at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.  Bring your mobile devices and library cards if you want to download the app, or learn how to set up an account for computer use. zinio 2

Library now offers digital music downloads service on website.

The North Platte Public Library has added Freegal Music Service to its premium databases available through the library’s research tools at  Simply click on the Freegal link in the alphabetical list or go directly to

North Platte Public Library cardholders can download and keep three free Freegal Music MP3 files each week and stream three hours of music every day.   The service also has popular music videos for download. Downloaded videos count as two tracks. Each song has a sample clip so users can preview the song before downloading. The library subscribes to this music service so there is no charge to the library card holders.

No special software is needed, but card holders need their library card number and PIN to log in to the Freegal.  Freegal works with almost all computers, players, tablets, and smartphones. Freegal Music free mobile apps are available for Apple and Android devices in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®.

To provide this service, the North Platte Public Library joined the Library Ideas network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog of legendary artists through its subscription to the Freegal Music Service.

Where did the name Freegal come from?  It rhymes with legal. It’s a word made up by Library Ideas, the company that contracted with Sony to offer this service. It means free and legal music. Library Ideas later discovered that it was in the Urban Dictionary. So, someone else actually made it up.

Over 5,000 libraries around the world subscribe to the Freegal Music Service, including the Los Angeles Public Library (CA), Maricopa County Library District (AZ), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Biblioteche di Bologna (IT),  Nashville Public Library (TN) and Melbourne Library Service (VIC).

Our library very excited to offer a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community.

About Library Ideas:  Library Ideas, LLC is a global leader in providing digital content to all kinds of libraries, and is located in Vienna, Virginia.  The Company offers music, movie, eBook and language learning solutions to libraries as part of its developing product suite.  Library Ideas was named “One of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for 2011-12” by EContent Magazine.

About Sony Music Entertainment

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.


Blind Date with a Book @ Your Library

Blind Date with a bookCelebrate Valentine’s Day with a Blind Date with a book @Your Library

February is the month for valentine surprises so the North Platte Public Library is trying a new idea for the next few weeks.

Library staff have selected some of their favorite reads and wrapped them with red paper with only the barcodes showing so they can be checked out.  Choose one, take it home and unwrap it and see if you like it.  If things don’t work out between you and your “date,” just return it to the library without any hurt feelings.   Or, you just might “click” and add a new author to your personal favorites.

This was an idea from the Nebraska Library Conference that has been enjoyed by other libraries.  We’re making it simple the first time we try this.  Books are not labeled by subject so you don’t have any preconceived notions about your “date.”  Have fun and add a little spice to these wintry February days.

Santa Brought Me an eReader, now what?

If you received a new Kindle or Nook (or other eBook device) for Christmas and are struggling to use the Nebraska OverDrive site, we’ve put together some handouts we hope will help guide you in checking out your first ebook from Nebraska OverDrive.

Nebraska OverDrive is a large group of Nebraska public libraries (including North Platte) pooling their funds to bring you a growing collection of eBooks (epub, pdf, and azw) and  and eAudio books (mp3 or wma).

You can check device compatibility at the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

For additional help and to download step by step instructions, please visit:

You can always bring your device to the Technology Learning Center or call 308-535-8036 and we will attempt to help you with issues involving OverDrive and your eReader device.

OverDrive Policies Change

The following circulation policies and settings have been established by vote by libraries participating in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group. Changes can be made at the discretion of the group. Feedback from patrons is appreciated.

  • Circulation period for audiobooks = 7 or 14 days
    • History:
      • started with 14 days;
      • changed to 7 days on June 16, 2008 due in part to the fact that audiobooks can’t be returned early;
      • changed to patron choice October 26, 2011
  • Circulation  period for eBooks = 7, 14 or 21 days
    • History:
      • eBooks CAN be returned early;  started with 21 days;
      • changed to patron choice October 26, 2011
  • Number of titles a patron can check out at one time = 4 total
    • History:
      • started with 3;
      • changed to 4 on November 1, 2008
  • Number of titles a patron can have in “My Cart” at one time = 5
  • Number of minutes a title will stay in “My Cart” after patron places it there = 30 minutes
  • Number of titles a patron can have on hold at one time = 3
  • Number of days a title placed on hold will be reserved for the patron once it becomes available for the patron to check out = 3 days (starting when a notice is emailed informing the patron the title is available)

eBooks for Kindle Now on OverDrive

You can now download eBooks from the Nebraska OverDrive Collection to your Kindle.

  1. Go to:
  2. Search for a Kindle compatible ebook
    Tip: use Advanced Search to limit titles to Kindle eBooks and check Available for immediate download
  3. Check out the eBook on OverDrive using your North Platte Public Library card number and PIN
  4. When you click “Download eBook” you will be taken to the Amazon site and you will need to login to Amazon with your Amazon account information.
  5. Choose your Kindle (or Kindle compatible ebook device)
  6. Synch your Kindle to Amazon by turning on your Wireless connection (or using Whispernet – built-in 3G wireless)
  7. You will have 21 days to enjoy your title and no late fees,  ever!

Contact the TLC at 308-535-8036 if you have additional questions.