East Central Regional Library

Serving libraries in East Central Minnesota: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and  Pine Counties

Digital Library

eAudio and eBooks from OverDrive
Downloadable magazines from Zinio


  • ECRL provides adult, teen, and juvenile digital books for checkout in 2 formats through our partner OverDrive.
    • eAudio
    • eBooks
  • Who can check them out? You must be a resident of one of ECRL's six counties only: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Pine County.
  • What is required? A valid ECRL card in good standing, the password associated with that library card, and a registered email address.
  • What do you need?
  • You must have your own reading or listening device. eReaders and listening devices will not be available for checkout -- you must have your own device and know how to use it. eBooks and eAudiobooks cannot be downloaded on the library's public Internet computers.
  • Most eBooks and eAudiobooks are downloaded to your computer or mobile device.  Before downloading eBooks or eAudiobooks, make sure you have the appropriate application downloaded for your device. Some titles may also be read in your internet browser via OverDrive Read.
  • Are there limits?
  • You may have 6 titles checked out at one time (includes total of both eAudio and eBooks)
  • You may check out your eBooks and eAudiobooks for 7, 14, or 21 days.  The 21 day checkout is the default lending period, but you will have the option to choose a 7 or 14 day checkout if you wish. 
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks can be renewed once if there are no other requests on that title.
  • You may not check out any eBook or eAudiobook if you have more than $5.00 in unpaid fees and fines on your library account.
  • Can I reserve eBooks and eAudiobooks?
  • You may have 6 titles on hold at one time (includes total of both eAudio and eBooks).
  • You will receive an email when your hold is ready for pickup.
  • You will have 3 days to borrow the hold.  If you do not check out your eBook or eAudiobook hold within those 3 days, it will no longer be available to you and you will have to re-place the hold.
  • Can I interlibrary loan a digital book from another library? No. Licenses prohibit interlibrary loans of digital books. They are not available through MnLINK.
  • What if I have a question? We will post links to online FAQs and tutorials to solve most problems.  If you can’t find an answer there, you may contact any ECRL branch or send email to ecregion@ecrlib.org*
  • ECRL staff will not be able to help you with problems specific to your own device. There are hundreds of different devices. We suggest that you enlist the help of friends or family to find a technology support person if you need help learning to use your device or troubleshooting should you encounter difficulties.

Getting started with OverDrive
Get help with eBooks
Get help with eAudio
Get help with the OverDrive App (Android, Apple, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Mac, Windows desktop, Windows 8, and Windows phone)
How to install the Kindle reading app
Posts from the ECRL Blog about the Digital Library - lots of useful information collected here
How to suggest a title you'd like ECRL to add to its collection

*Not all books are available for libraries to check out as eBooks or eAudios.  Due to licensing restrictions, books published by some publishers cannot be added to public library eBook collections.

Zinio - check out magazines

Check out books and magazines from wherever you are. All you need is your ECRL library card!  
  • ECRL provides downloadable magazines through Zinio
  • ECRL has purchased subscriptions to popular magazines for you to download to your mobile internet device or stream on your computer.
  • Checked out issues are yours to keep, there are no returns necessary. There is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out, or the number of patrons who can check out an issue simultaneously
  • Digital editions are released at the same time as the print edition, and can be checked out as soon as they appear.  You can set up personal notifications when new issues of  magazines are released, so you don’t miss an issue.
  • You will need 2 things to set up access your first time - your library card and an email address. You will need to set up a Library Collection account.
  • Download apps for reading on mobile devices.
Getting started (video)
How to: Create an Account, Browse and Checkout, Read Online or Download to Apps, and Manage ‘My Collection’ (document)
Zinio for Libraries Read Only App for Android and iPad (video)
Zinio App for Kindle Fire (HD)
Zinio FAQ’s
Zinio Help
 updated 3/20/15

East Central Regional Library
244 South Birch Street Cambridge Minnesota 55008
Phone 763.689.7390      FAX 763.689.7389
ecregion @ ecrlib.org