Getting Started with the cloudLibrary App

Getting Started Steps

Downloading the cloudLibrary app and signing in

  1. Search for "cloud library" in your device's app store and download the cloudLibrary app. You can also find links to all available apps at

  2. Open the app and follow the prompts. Select "Lake Forest Library" as your library.
  3. Sign in with your library card number with no spaces between the numbers.
  4. Enter the password used with your library account. If you don't know your password, try the word PATRON in all caps. If you need to reset your password, call the Library at 847.810.4610.

Searching for a book

  1. There are 2 ways to search. Select Search from the Bottom Menu Bar.
    • Use the search box at the top of the page to search for a specific title or author.
    • Choose Featured, Favorites or All at the top of the page to browse available titles. To further filter your searches tap the Filter icon next to the search bar.

    cloudLibrary has eBooks and eAudiobooks. eAudiobooks have a headphones icon on the image of the book cover.

    If an eBook is not available through cloudLibrary, you will be redirected to the Library catalog, where the eBook may be available to borrow with the Libby app.

Borrowing a book

  1. Tap the cover of the book you'd like to read or listen to, then select Borrow.

    cloudLibrary books have a loan period of two weeks.

Reading or listening to a book

  1. To find a book you've borrowed, tap on My Books on the Bottom Menu Bar.

  2. Tap on the down arrow on the book cover to download the book, then begin reading.

    Don't worry about late fees; books in cloudLibrary return themselves once the loan period ends. You can return a book early in the My Books section. Select Return to allow the next person waiting for a title to begin reading.

Watch a Tutorial

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What you can do with it

Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, especially new and recently published titles.

User Guide

Getting Started with cloudLibrary

Watch a tutorial


5 checkouts at a time

Loan Period

2 weeks

How to access

App available, search for "cloudlibrary" in your app store
Works on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets, Kindle Fire, Nook ... just install the app
Works in computer browser
No, does not work on Kindle eInk reader