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American Center’s eBook Library

American Center’s eBook Library

Explore more than 4,000 e-books, audiobooks, and magazines available for free at the American Center in Moscow’s eBook Library. It features an extensive selection of popular and bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and audiobooks for all ages—from classics to new releases, as well as a collection of over 3,000 digital magazines. You can browse, search, and borrow all titles to read and listen to in a library app on your smartphone or tablet, on a Kindle, or in a browser on your computer—all for free and from the comfort of your home.

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American Center's Library Help Guide

ANSWER: To sign up for a free personal library account, please fill out this application. Upon completion of this form, you will receive your new American Center eBook Library (OverDrive) account details in a separate email within 5 business days (Monday – Friday). Please note that the library resources are only available to people currently residing in the Russian Federation.

ANSWER: All library users are asked to follow these rules:

– Your OverDrive account is for personal use only and your password should not be shared.

– The use of OverDrive is for educational purposes only.

– You may not copy for sale or illegally share resources obtained through OverDrive.

– Account holders may not create new versions of resources in OverDrive, such as translations, to sell without permission of the companies which provide those resources.

Please note that the library resources are only available to people currently residing in the Russian Federation.

Violation of these rules will result in the termination of your American Center eBook Library (OverDrive) account. 

ANSWER: Once you have signed up for a personal account, go to the eBook Library website and sign in with your email address. You will then be able to borrow e-books, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your computer or download to your favorite device. 

To access the library on your mobile device, you can install the free Libby app by OverDrive and search for “US Embassy – Moscow American Center” to access the American Center’s eBook Library. For a list of all devices which are compatible with the Libby app, please click  here. For information on how to use the Libby app, go to this page.

ANSWER: OverDrive powers the American Center eBook Library. It is the leading download service for digital content such as e-books, audiobooks and other digital materials made available on a single website for browsing, checking out and downloading. 93% of U.S. libraries subscribe to OverDrive.

ANSWER: You can borrow e-book and audiobook titles to read in your browser on your computer, laptop, or favorite device. 

In your browser: To read e-books and magazines and listen to audiobooks in your browser, go to the eBook Library website and after checking out a title, open it in your browser by clicking “Read now in browser” or “Listen now in browser”.

On your mobile device: To read e-books and magazines and listen to audiobooks on your mobile device, install the free Libby app by OverDrive (for a list of all devices which are compatible with the Libby app, please click here). Once you have installed the Libby app, search for “US Embassy – Moscow American Center” to access the American Center’s eBook Library. You can then download titles directly to the app and read or listen to them on the go. For more information on installing and navigating the Libby app, go to this help page. For information on borrowing titles and managing your loans in the Libby app, go to this help page.

ANSWER: You can borrow digital magazines to read in your browser on your computer, laptop, or favorite device. On your mobile device, the free Libby app by OverDrive provides the most comfortable reading experience with a new readable article view whereby you can open individual articles and adjust text size and lighting settings for them. (Note: Opening individual articles isn’t available in some magazine issues.)

ANSWER: You may check out 5 titles (any combination of e-books and audiobooks) for up to 3 weeks (21 days). Magazine checkouts are unlimited and do not count against your checkout limit of 5 items at a time, so you can borrow as many issues at a time as you want, each for up to 3 weeks (21 days).

ANSWER: If you know what you’d like to search for, use the “Search” box to browse the collections and search for individual titles. To browse through titles in a browser, use the “Subjects” menu to view all subjects in the American Center eBook Library’s digital collection. Or, use the “Collections” menu to see collections of newly added titles, popular titles, or other featured collections. 

To browse the collection of magazines in a browser, go to “Subjects” and click on the format “Magazines”. “Subjects” and “Collections” menus can be found in the top left on the library website. In the Libby app on a mobile device, tap the magnifying glass icon in the footer, then click “Explore with filters”, and select relevant filters. Alternatively, click on the library building icon in the footer, tap “Subjects” at the top of the screen, then tap a subject to browse its titles. For more information on searching the library in the Libby app, go to this help page.

ANSWER: You can place up to 5 holds on titles that you want to check out. If a title is already checked out, click “Place a Hold” and enter your e-mail address. You will receive an email when the title is available. For information on managing holds in the Libby app, go to this help page.

ANSWER: Curated collections feature award-winning fiction for all ages, English language learning resources, books on innovation and entrepreneurship, studying in the United States, U.S. history and culture, and much more.

ANSWER: You can extend your lending period for a digital title by renewing it. 

You’ll see the “Renew” option for a title on your Loans page three days before it expires, as long as the American Center eBook Library still owns a copy and there are no holds. If the title has holds, you can’t renew it, but you can request it again. For information on how to renew titles in the Libby app, go to this help page.

ANSWER: All digital titles are automatically returned on their due dates, so you never have to worry about late fees.

ANSWER: If you’d like to return a title early to make space in your library account, you can do so on the “Loans” page of your account by selecting “Return” beneath the title you’d like to return. For information on how to return titles in the Libby app, go to this help page. We encourage you to return e-books and audiobooks as soon as you have finished them to make them available to others.

ANSWER: No, there are no overdue fees because the downloaded copies are automatically returned on their due dates (even when they are transferred to an eReader or mobile device).

ANSWER: U.S. Embassy and American Center staff select e-book and audiobook titles according to our collection development policy. The collection of magazines is not pre-selected and is bought as a set package. Additionally, if there is a title that you have found in OverDrive that is not in our collection, you may click “Recommend” to recommend it for purchase. American Center staff will review these recommendations and determine whether to purchase the title or not. You may also contact American Center staff directly with recommendations.

ANSWER: When searching for a title in your browser, you may see that some search results are marked “Not owned”. That means that they are not available in our library collection. If this title may be a good addition to the eBook Library collection, you can click “Recommend” under it to recommend it for purchase. American Center staff will review these recommendations and determine whether to purchase the title or not. If we buy the title you recommended, we’ll add you to its wait list and email you when your hold is available. You may also contact American Center staff directly with recommendations. You can’t recommend titles to our library in the Libby app yet.

ANSWER: Some titles permit printing, оthers do not, due to copyright laws. If you would like to find out the digital rights policy of an e-book, please contact American Center staff for help at [email protected].

ANSWER: Please contact American Center staff for help at: [email protected].

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