How to find an online library

To find a book, use the library’s online catalog at the library or from anywhere you have internet access. Need a little help to get started? Start here.

Need a little more assistance? Please do not hesitate to visit or call your favorite library. We are happy to help.


I found the book in the catalog, now how do I get it?

  • From the list of books, click on the title you would like to borrow
  • Click on the PLACE HOLD button on the right
  • Fill in your library barcode and PIN and click on LOGIN
  • Select the location of the library that you want to pick up the book
  • Click on the Place Hold(s) button
  • If you have email notifications set up, you will receive an email when the item is ready to be picked up.

There is no charge for this service if you pick up your item once it is available. If you do not pick up the item, however, $1 will be charged to your library account.


The email says my book is ready. Now what?

Your library card is your key to borrowing circulating books, cassettes, CDs, videos, etc. at any Hawaii public library. Just present your library card and library materials to the staff at the circulation desk, or if available use one of the convenient self-check stations. The staff member will check out and stamp the due date on the material.

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Steam is great, but sometimes things can be a little tricky to find. One of those things is your Steam library: these are the files that make up your Steam installation, and all the games, mods, and workshop items that come along with it.

Although it’s not as simple as clicking one button, finding your Steam folder is a relatively straight-forward process. Firstly, open up Steam, click Steam in the top left, and click Settings :

How to find an online library

Then, in the Settings menu, click the Downloads tab, and finally, hit Steam Library Folders :

How to find an online library

After clicking the Steam Library Folders button, an interface with all your Steam library folders will pop up. All you need to do is open File Explorer (Windows), Finder (Mac) or whatever file explorer your operating system uses and type the "Folder" path into the address bar.

If your library allows it, you can read a huge selection of magazines on your phone, tablet or PC — all at no charge.

How to find an online library

RBdigital is the gateway to free digital magazines from your library.

RBdigital/Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Public libraries are so awesome. (Thanks, Ben Franklin!) They let you borrow not only physical books, but also digital content like e-books, audiobooks and — surprise, surprise! — digital magazines.

It’s true: Many libraries have partnered with RBdigital (formerly Zinio for Libraries) to offer electronic ‘zines you can check out and read on a variety of devices. I was already a big fan of doing that on my iPad, so I’m overjoyed that my local library here in metro Detroit offers this awesome option.

It’s a surprisingly generous offer, too: For most titles you get access to not just the latest issue, but also back issues. There’s usually no limit on the number of magazines you can “check out,” and they don’t expire after a certain time period the way library e-books do. In other words, you get to keep them for as long as your account is active.

This is especially exciting in light of Apple’s recently announced News Plus subscription service , which for $10 per month gives you access to over 300 magazines. Not only is RBdigital free, it’s also compatible with Android devices and Amazon Fire ($50 at eBay) tablets.

Here’s how to get started with RBdigital, starting with what you’ll need in order to read.

Dust off your library card

First, visit your local library’s website (via your desktop browser) to see if there’s any mention of RBdigital. If so, you’ll need your library card number and password to get through the registration process, which should be accessible via that site. The process typically involves creating an account with RBdigital, the service that manages magazine loans for libraries.

With that done, check your inbox for an activation email from RBdigital and click the link to verify your account.

Eventually you should be looking at the available catalog of magazines, the size of which can vary from one library to another. Mine, for example, offers around 300 titles — same as Apple News Plus, interestingly. It doesn’t have every magazine I want, but it’s a good mix overall.

If you see something you know you want to read, just click the cover and then the blue Checkout button. Pro tip: After clicking that button, check the box marked Automatically checkout the next issue. Presto! Now you’ve got a “subscription” to that magazine.

Consider the hardware

Reading magazines on a phone — like Reader’s Digest, shown here — isn’t terrible thanks to RBdigital’s text mode. Thankfully, it’s not all text.

RBdigital/Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Next, figure out where and how you want to consume your digital mags. To my thinking, the best bet is a full-size tablet, meaning one with a screen that’s at least 8 inches. I’ve used an iPad Mini ($389 at eBay) , which is pretty good, so long as it has a Retina display, but a full-size iPad or Amazon Fire HD 10 ($68 at Amazon) is better. A 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($800 at Target) ? Best option by far.

Ultimately, you want something with the highest resolution and largest screen you can get — at least if you plan to consume magazines in their native format (meaning PDFs of the actual magazine pages). Thankfully, the RBdigital app offers a text view for many, if not most, titles, and it’s a pretty good implementation.

Indeed, reading a scanned magazine on a smartphone (or smaller tablet) means a lot of scrolling and zooming, which is far from ideal. But with one tap, the RBdigital app will switch you over to text mode, giving you larger print, in your choice of sizes, that’s nicely formatted for smaller screens. And it’s not just raw text, either; photos get mixed in as well.

This mode definitely works better for longer stories though. On pages with lots of little blurbs, the app doesn’t always delineate between them well. I also noticed that magazines are slow to download. On both a Fire HD 10 and an iPad, I typically wait a minute or two for an issue to load. It’s a maddeningly slow app in other ways as well, like when you’re switching between PDF and text view.

Get the apps

The RBdigital apps are available for Fire, Android and iOS. Once it’s installed, run it and then sign into the RBdigital account you just created. Any magazines you’ve already checked out should be waiting for you. Alternately, you can tap the Menu button and then Magazines to explore the collection and choose titles to check out.

RBdigital may not be perfect, but if you like magazines and want to read them for free, well, it’s time to renew that library card.

Originally published on Nov. 15, 2016.
Update, April 4, 2019: Adds new information.

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To help you celebrate Pride Month, staff, students, and faculty of Penn’s LGBT Center have put together a selection of books and films that explore the LGBTQ experience from a wide variety of perspectives. Here are some of their recommendations.

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You can drag files and folders from your computer to upload them to your OneDrive library or SharePoint team site with the modern experience. You can also browse and upload your files using the classic version. For information, see Differences between the new and classic experiences for lists and libraries.

To create and upload files and folders in a library, you must have contributor permissions to the library. If you’re not sure what permissions you have, contact your SharePoint Admin. For more information, see Types of files that cannot be added to a list or library.

SharePoint has the ability to upload folders that are built into Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer doesn’t support uploading folders.

See how to copy files and folders from your computer

Watch this video to see how to copy files and folders to OneDrive and your team site.

How to find an online library

Drag files to your OneDrive or SharePoint site library

Drag and drop works best with the new Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. For other browsers, you can use the Upload command as an alternative method.

If you don’t see the option to drag and drop files, you may need to update your copy of Office to the modern version.

Open the OneDrive or SharePoint site library.

How to find an online library

On your computer select Start and then type File Explorer.

How to find an online library

Navigate to the folder with the documents that you want to upload.

Drag the files to the space in the SharePoint library where it says drag files here. The library should display “Drop here” when you hover the file over it.

How to find an online library

You should see your files appear in the Document library.

Upload files from Explorer to your OneDrive or SharePoint sites library

Open the OneDrive or SharePoint site library.

How to find an online library

Select Upload at the top of the Documents library.

How to find an online library

In the Add a document dialog box, select Browse to upload an individual file. Depending on the version of OneDrive or SharePoint that you’re using, you may also be able to upload multiple files by holding down either the Ctrl or Shift key, and selecting more than one file.

When you’ve selected the file or files to upload, select OK.

If you are uploading large files, or many files that add up to a large total size to a library, you may get errors due to the file size limit in SharePoint or timeout errors in your version of Internet Explorer. For information, see Manage large lists and libraries in SharePoint.

When uploading files and folders, you need to be aware of path and file name length. SharePoint in Microsoft 365 and OneDrive support up to 400 characters for the total file and path length. SharePoint Server versions support up to 260 characters for the total file and path length. For information, see Invalid file names and file types in OneDrive and SharePoint.

Site owners can set up a library to require you to check out files before you edit them (and check them in when you finish). If your library requires check out, the file is checked out to you when you first upload it. You have to check the file in before other people can edit it. For information, see Check out, check in, or discard changes to files in a library.

Site owners can set up a library to require approval of the content before it becomes visible to others who use the library. As the author, you can see the file listed and work with it, but nobody else can. For example, a legal department might require approval before documents become public. For information, see Require approval of items in a site list or library.

You can add a file to replace an existing file with a revised version of a file. If the library is set up to track versions, when you add a file, it becomes the latest version and the older file becomes part of the version history. When uploading a new version of a file, consider typing comments about what changed in this version so that you can more easily track the history of the file. For information, see How does versioning work in a list or library?

To learn more, see these articles:

For more information on creating and using libraries, see Introduction to libraries

You can use UC Library Search on the Library homepage to search across various book and article databases simultaneously. Many article databases, however, aren’t included in that search tool (see more about what’s included). To find the best resources for your topic, you might want to go directly to a specific database.

Find the best database(s) for your research topic:

General article databases are a good place to start since they include both popular and scholarly journal titles covering numerous disciplines. Simply choose one of those databases and type in your keywords to begin to find articles.

Browse for databases by subject (such as Economics, Electrical Engineering, or Art History) if you want to dig deeper into resources covering a specific discipline. If you aren’t sure what subject to choose, look for the academic department that your class is listed under. Once you’ve chosen a subject, search for your topic in one or two of the recommended databases that are listed on the top of the subject list.

Browse for databases by type if you want to find other kinds of formats, such as encyclopedias, newspapers, government information sources, statistics, maps, images and more.

If you have an article citation:

The Citation Linker will look across various databases to find whether or not we have access to the article online or in a journal on the library shelves. You need a journal title and publication date to use the Citation linker. If you don’t have that information try Googling the article title and author name.

As a follow-up to my prior guide on how to use Sci-hub to download academic papers for free, here’s a simple guide to use Library Gensis aka. Libgen.

Library Genesis is another guerilla open access project, also run by people from the Russia-sphere. It’s relatively easy to use.

1. Go to the Libgen website

There’s a few URLs, but these work as of writing:

If it’s blocked, use one of the many open proxies. For instance, works for this (I used the USA exit). If the domain is taken down, find a new one via Wikipedia.

2. Search for some book you want

Enter the title (and maybe author name) of some book you want. Here we pretend we want to read Lee Jussim’s great book on social psychology:

  • Jussim, L. (2012). Social perception and social reality: Why accuracy dominates bias and self-fulfilling prophecy. OUP USA.

So, we search for it:

How to find an online library

Click “Search”, then we get:

The two rows means that there are two different versions uploaded to the site. Usually, they will differ in some obvious and relevant way, but not always (the site operators don’t upload the content, it’s user driven). In this case, we see that one is an EPUB and another is a PDF. PDF is a paper look-a-like format, which has its upsides and downsides. Generally, for electronic use (computer, tablet, phone), you will want EPUB or similar (MOBI etc.).

The site search is a kind of meta-search engine that searches a few sites that actually hosts the books. Hence, we see a number of (download) mirrors, which may not be complete (mirror 5 is missing for the 2nd row). If we click the EPUB version (click the title), we see:

How to find an online library

So, there’s a cover photo and a description. The (direct) download links are the ones in the red circle (drawn by me). Generally speaking, the first one ( is the most robust (i.e. usually works), but it is slow so you may not want to use it if the ebook is large. The other ones are faster but don’t always have the book you want (some of them comply with DMCA requests).

If we click the first (, we see an intermediate page:

How to find an online library

Just click GET in the top and the download pop-up appears.

If we use the second, the intermediate page is different, but we do the same i.e. click the big “GET” link:

How to find an online library

If we click the third, we click “OPEN DOWNLOAD” and then “GET” on the next page (not shown, similar to above).

How to find an online library

If we click the fourth, we click “See details & download (EPUB)”: