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A Mobile-Friendly Sign-in Page

June 25, 2015 | Sandra | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Starting today, when you sign in to your account on the library website, you may notice that the Sign In page looks a bit different. We have redesigned the page to make it easier to use on mobile devices.

One feature not included in this update is the option to stay signed in (the "keep me signed in" checkbox option you see on many other sites). We know many library users want this option, and we plan to add it as part of a future update once we have made some necessary back-end changes.

If you want the website to remember your library card number and PIN, you can use the built-in username/password management functionality in most web browsers to save your information. Here's how:

We plan to redesign more pages in the coming months to improve the website experience for mobile device users, so stay tuned.

Streaming Audiobooks Now Available

June 25, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Toronto Public Library has two collections of electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks): OverDrive and OneClickdigital. For many years, these eAudiobooks have been available to download and play on personal computers, mp3 players, iPods, smartphones and tablets. Now these eAudiobooks can be streamed on computers and mobile devices as well.  

Streaming audiobooks are played in an Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.). OverDrive or OneClickdigital software are not needed. However, as the audiobooks have not been downloaded to the computer or device, streaming does require a constant Internet connection.

OverDrive: OverDrive ListenThe streaming feature in OverDrive is called OverDrive Listen. Using the OverDrive Listen formateAudiobooks can now be borrowed and played right in the browser of a library or home computer or mobile device.

After checking out an audiobook, click on the Listen button instead of the Download button. Then click on the Play button. At this time, not all eAudiobooks are available in this new format.

OverDrive Listen player

OneClickdigital: Streaming is available on all eAudiobooks in the OneClickdigital Collection. After clicking on the "Checkout Now!" button, click the play button located below the book cover. Another option is to click on the Chapters tab and click on the first chapter.

Outlander streaming

For customers using mobile devices, using cellular data for streaming or downloading is not recommended as multimedia content can consume a lot of bandwidth. All 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library offer free Wi-Fi.

User Guides are available to download for both these collections. For OverDrive, there is a general Getting Started with Audiobooks guide for those who want to download to their computers and transfer to an mp3 player or an iPod. For mobile device users, there are guides for using OverDrive on Apple and Android devices. There is also a new guide for using the OneClickdigital eAudiobook collection.

Hoopla Digital Music and Video: Important Information About Your Library Card

June 18, 2015 | Dara Renton | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Effective July 3, 2015, expired and blocked library cards will be prevented from checking out materials on Hoopla. To continue using Hoopla, please make sure your library card is valid and in good standing.

If you try to borrow an item with a card that is blocked or expired, you will get a message telling you to contact your library. Here's what you need to do:

Sign into your account on the Toronto Public Library website.

  • If your card is blocked due to outstanding fines, return any overdue items and pay the fines online or at your nearest library branch.
  • If your card has expired, bring identification to your nearest library branch to renew your card. (If you’re not able to visit a branch right away, we can temporarily extend your card’s expiry date – contact us for help.)
  • If you have replaced your card since you first registered for Hoopla, you may need to update your card number in Hoopla. To do this, sign into Hoopla and select your email address in the top right corner. Enter your new card number in the field where your old number displays. Select Update to save your changes.  

Hoopla new card

If none of the above situations applies to you, there’s nothing you need to do – keep enjoying Hoopla and other library services!

Featured Titles and Collections - Find Your Next Book

May 27, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Hellgoing Featured TitleIf you are a regular OverDrive user, you may have noticed the new Featured Title on the main OverDrive homepage. The Featured Title is selected from the many excellent and formerly popular eBooks that are in the collection, which now have copies available. Check our OverDrive website frequently to find those books you meant to read. 

Another great place to find your next book are the wonderful set of Featured Collections that are on the OverDrive website. Even if you are not an eBook user, have a look through these lists. You can always place a hold on the print copy instead. 

Want even more suggestions for something to read? Check out our We RecommendAward Winners, and Bestsellers lists.  

Here are a few of the Featured Collections available on our OverDrivewebsite:

Margaret Cannon's Crime Fiction Picks

Margaret Cannon's recommendations for new mysteries are a must for any mystery lover. They are published every few weeks in the Saturday Globe and Mail.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust Cobra Dreaming Spies Fifth Heart I am pilgrim

Hot Releases of 2015

At the water's edge Dead wake The Escape Mountain story Trigger warning

TPL Staff Picks

Boy in the moon Mary coin My real children Songs of willow frost Tower zoo tortoise

Top Books of 2014

Adult onset Innovators Invention of wings Martian Pearl that broke its shell

The Toronto Poetry Map - A New Pattern for Our Digital Projects

April 9, 2015 | Alan H. | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

We launched the Toronto Poetry Map at the start of April to mark National Poetry Month, and I've been  pleased by both the media interest and the social media traffic. I had a strong personal interest in this project as a reader of Canadian poetry, so it was a particular pleasure to serve as the technical lead - I don't normally get to combine my academic background in literature with my career as a librarian and software developer.

The poetry map originated in a collaboration between the library and the city's fourth Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke. I think it provides a unique way to explore Toronto through poems associated with the city’s neighbourhoods, intersections and landmarks.

The map in a technical sense represents a very new way of working for us - it's our first released project using Ruby on Rails, a web development framework that will no doubt be familiar to some of our more technically-oriented readers. Rails let us turn around a great experience in record time and promoted an iterative, collaborative working style that I favour for web application development.

It's also:

  • our first released application built from the beginning for mobile layout
  • our first cloud-deployed application (on DigitalOcean if you're curious)

At heart, the decision to use a new approach was made due to content requirements and a need to be able to easily add new poems and features in the future. The poetry map data model is surprisingly complex and multi-dimensional - a location can have multiple poems associated with it, or a poem can mention multiple locations, and we needed to be able to model those relationships in the underlying data in order to deliver the desired experience.

Longer term, I'm hoping to reuse some of the approaches and technologies to rapidly build similar applications - maybe even open source the code so others can build their own maps for their own places.

Zinio eMagazines Now Easier to Use

March 10, 2015 | Joanne | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

  • Only one Zinio library account is now needed to checkout, read and manage your magazines on a computer. You won't have to create or sign into a second Zinio account to read a magazine
  • The current issue of a magazine can be checked out right away by using the new Checkout Now icon found on the bottom right of the magazine cover

Checkout now

  • You can start reading the magazine instantly in your browser

Start Reading

Read Now


  • You can change your display preferences or delete issues within your account by selecting My Collection after signing in at Zinio eMagazines

Manage Checked Out Magazines


New Zinio for Libraries app for iPad and Android users (4.0.3 and up)

  • There is a new Zinio for Libraries app available for iPad and Android . The new app is intended for users who only borrow magazines from the library as it does not include an option to purchase magazines. It does not replace the original Zinio app; if you have a paid account you can continue to use the original Zinio app to manage the magazines you have bought as well as those checked out from the library
  • If you download the new Zinio for Libraries app it may take a week or so for your older checked out magazines to appear. If you want to read those issues, you can continue to use the original Zinio app
  • When you want a new magazine you must always start at Zinio eMagazines; the app is for reading only.
  • Note: The New Zinio for Libraries app for iPhone is scheduled for release at the end of April

Have fun reading your favorite magazines!


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The Economist magazine cover Hello cover Car and Driver magazine cover M55BM61B US Weekly magazine coverJ55EKYHW

Zinio eMagazines: New Magazines Added, Including National Enquirer

March 2, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Many more new magazines have been added to our Zinio eMagazine collection, including the checkout line favourite National Enquirer.

Any magazines you check out are yours to keep - they do not need to be returned.  

Amazing wellness Food and travel Harpers Hollywood reporter Homes & gardens
Maclife Mindful National enquirer New republic Pc games
Popular woodworking Ricardo Soap opera digest Women's running Writer's digest

 From a variety of countries as well:

French l'officiel Italian geo Portuguese Elle Spanish micasa Vietnamese doanh nhan
France Italy Portugal Spain Vietnam


New to Zinio eMagazines?  Have a look at our Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage.

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Zinio eMagazines: The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Many Other Magazines Now Available


Browse the OneClickdigital Collection For Many Popular eAudiobooks

February 2, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

If you love the convenience of downloading audiobooks from OverDrive, be sure to have a look at the Toronto Public Library's OneClickdigital eAudiobooks collection as well.

Yes pleaseWhile this collection has many popular titles, probably the most popular at the moment is Amy Poehler's biography, Yes Please. Told through a collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and a haiku, Amy gives her thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and 'showbiz' and much more. 

If you can't decide between reading or listening to it, you should know that Amy is the one narrating the audiobook! How great it that!

Like OverDrive, you can borrow these audiobooks for up to 21 days. You do not need to return them, the audiobook file will stop working at the end of the borrowing period. You can have 15 audiobooks checked out at any one time and 10 on your holds list. 

Here are a few of the eAudiobooks available through OneClickdigital that you won't find in OverDrive:

Orenda One plus one Written in my own Ghost ship Cooked
Mrs lincoln's rival Invention of wings Americanah Bully pulpit Rosie project
And the mountain Otherwise engaged By Its Cover Doctor sleep To sell is human

To use the OneClickdigital eAudiobooks, you will need to create an OneClickdigital Account through the Toronto Public Library's OneClickdigital website. You will need a valid Toronto Public Library card to create this account.

After that, you will need to download the appropriate OneClickdigital software (OverDrive software will not work with these items). There is desktop software for both Windows and Apple computers as well as Apple and Android apps.

Sign into the software using the Username and password used when you created your OneClickdigital Account. If you are using a mobile device, here is a video to explain how the app works:

More tutorial videos are available from the Help section of the OneClickdigital website.

An update on the account redesign project

January 13, 2015 | Dara Renton | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

One of our main projects over the past year has been a redesign and rebuild of the account section of the library website, with a focus on making it mobile friendly. Some of you have helped us out by participating in usability testing and providing feedback on design mockups, so we wanted to give you an update on where we’re at.


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The redesigned account summary screen

Another project involving an upgrade to our application servers delayed progress on the account redesign, but we are continuing to work on it and hope to launch the new version sometime in 2015.

We have evolved the design based on findings from user testing, and we’ve also been working on the web services that will connect the new account with the library’s underlying circulation management system.

We’re planning for additional testing before we launch the new version of the account. If you’d like to be involved, sign up for the Website Advisory Group.

New to Library eBooks, eMagazines, eMusic and eMovies? Start here!

December 23, 2014 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

If you haven’t heard yet, Toronto Public Library has a great selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and music available online. You can access them through OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, Zinio eMagazines and Hoopla.

The eBooks are available to borrow for 21 days. The downloaded file will stop working after the borrowing period has ended - no need to return the eBook. There are never any fines with eBooks. The eMagazines are free to download and they never expire - you can keep them for as long as you wish. Television shows and movies are available for 3 days and music albums for 7 days. Just like eBooks, the items will be returned automatically at the end of the borrowing period.

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

To download and read OverDrive eBooks on a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) or eReader (like a Kobo Glo), you will need a few things:

Your-library-card1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

2. A supported device. Most devices from major electronics manufacturers are compatible with OverDrive. To make sure your device will work with library eBooks, check the OverDrive supported devices list for eReaders and for mobile devices. Please note that the Kindle Fire is the only Kindle that will work with OverDrive in Canada.

Appicon3. Software. OverDrive has created an OverDrive Media Console app for many devices, including Apple, Android, and Windows 8. Download and print the guide for your device from our Getting Started with Library eBooks webpage.

IndexIf you have a device to which software cannot be added (like a Kobo Glo), then you need to download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer and add the eBooks to your eReader through your computer. Look for the guide written specifically for your device. If you do not find one, then download the general Getting Started Using eBooks guide.

4. OverDrive Account or Adobe ID. OverDrive users with mobile devices will be prompted to create an OverDrive Account when first opening the OverDrive app. For those with eReaders who are downloading to Adobe Digital Editions, a free account with Adobe (an Adobe ID) is required. Visit Create An Adobe ID to set up your account.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Library eBooks: This webpage contains guides to using OverDrive based on the device (or operating system) you own. There are also links to step-by-step videos which demonstrate the set up of different devices for using OverDrive.

OverDrive Help and Support: OverDrive Help has many resources to help you answer questions and overcome problems when setting up your device. If you cannot find an answer there, contact OverDrive Support with the details of your problem and they will get back to you by email.

Still have questions? Attend an eBook program at one of our branches or ask staff at your local branch. Many branches offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


Zinio eMagazines

Like eBooks, to use the Zinio eMagazine service, you will need a few things to set up your computer or device.

1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

Zinio2. Software. Zinio Reader 4 is available for PC and Apple computers. It will download and install in your browser the first time you open a magazine. If you want to read offline on a mobile device, Zinio has apps for Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.

IMPORTANT: When using Zinio eMagazines for the first time, you will need to set up two accounts. The first is with RB Digital, the provider of the Toronto Public Library's eMagazine collection. The second is with, the provider of the software to view the magazines. The email addresses used to create both accounts must be the same. If you already have an account with, then use the email address associated with that account when creating your RB Digital/TPL eMagazine account.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage provides information on using this service, including a video from RB Digital demonstrating the steps involved in setting up the two accounts. There is also a Zinio User Guide that can be downloaded and printed and a FAQ section.

RB Digital Support is available if you have any difficulty with your TPL eMagazines account. If you have a problem with the ZinioReader software or Zinio apps, have a look at the Zinio Help pages or contact their support.

Still have questions? Attend a Zinio eMagazines class or ask staff at your local branch. Many branches now offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


Hoopla Movies and Music

You can borrow digital music and video to stream in your web browser or enjoy offline on your mobile device. Just a few steps to get there.

1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

Hoopla2. A supported device. Hoopla will work on updated web browsers.  Hoopla is also available as an app for iOS or Android smartphones and tablets. In both cases, you will need an internet connection.

3. Software. The  Google Widevine video player will need to be installed to be able to play video content in your web browser.  You will be prompted to install this software the first time you play a video from Hoopla.

4. Hoopla account. Before using Hoopla, you must create a separate account using your library card and an email address. Once you have signed up, select Toronto Public Library from the list of nearby libraries.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Hoopla webpage has all the information to help get you started on using this service. If you still have questions, you can download our Hoopla User Guide (PDF) or visit Hoopla’s help page, particularly if there are any difficulties installing Widevine.

Our staff is always available to help you over the phone, web or in person. Many branches now offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


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