Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Second Book Club Choice

Last week, Zuckerberg announced his second pick is "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined," an 830-page book by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker. In a 2012 blog post, Bill Gates wrote it "stands out as one of the most important books I've read — not just this year, but ever.

Get on the list today for a copy from the eMedia Catalog of  The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Night at the movies: Instantly borrow free digital movies 24/7 with your library card!

Looking for a movie tonight?  Here's a suggestion - Flyboys.

The story details the adventures of several young American boys who volunteered for the French military before the United States entered WorldWar I. They ultimately became the first U.S. fighter pilots and were known as the Lafayette Escadrille. Their exploits and heroism were legendary. 

New to Hoopla? View the Virtual Library's Hot Topic - Hoopla to learn how to get started with free movies from the library.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Love reading the classics? Then the Literary Classics Online Book Club may be for you!

The Literary Classics Online Book Club is specially tailored for people who enjoy reading and talking about classic literature. Each year, we will select six classic books to read and discuss. Throughout each book’s first month, participants can read the book and we will also post fun and interesting facts about that literary classic on the club’s social-media outlets. The second month we will post discussion questions for participants to read and comment on.

This month is Hamlet. Get your Duke Classic copy from the eMedia Catalog. Duke Classic books are always available!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Top Ten Questions From Users of eMedia Catalog in 2014

In 2015, more people will use our eMedia Catalog than ever before. Below are the top ten questions our users asked in 2014.


1. How to return digital titles

Topping our list is how to return titles before the end of your lending period. This help article explains how the Return Title button works, how to return titles you’ve downloaded to a computer or device, and some exceptions to the rules.

2. Oh no, I ran out of downloads! Now what do I do?

Users may get an error if they try to download a digital title too many times. In those cases, the Virtual Library can reset the title’s download link, just call the Virtual Library at 702.507.6300 or email at Be sure to include you library card number and title of the book.

3. How to get started

First-time users never fear! We’ve put together Downloading eBooks 101 v2015 that will help you get started with downloading eBooks & eAudio Books on any device.
Need more help? Contact the Virtual Library at 702.507.6300 or email us at

4. How to enable cookies

The eMedia Catalog requires the use of cookies to deliver higher performance and better functionality. By default, most browsers are set up to accept cookies, but in case yours isn’t, we have steps for enabling cookies on a mobile device or computer.


5. How to borrow Kindle Books

Borrowing and reading Kindle Books from the library (currently available in the U.S. only) requires a few extra steps on Amazon’s website. We walk you through the process in how to borrow Kindle Books from your library.

6. How to get titles on a specific device

Also popular are the OverDrive help articles that explain, step-by-step, how to get all kinds of titles on Android devices, Chromebooks, iOS devices(iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Windows and Mac computers.

7. Why do I need to verify my OverDrive account?

Visit our help article on verifying your OverDrive account to learn about this privacy-protecting requirement.


8. How to use OverDrive Read offline

Did you know that you can read eBooks in your browser even when you don’t have an internet connection? How to read OverDrive Read eBooks offline shows you how.
Also helpful may be the help articles about getting started with OverDrive Readand what devices and browsers work best with OverDrive Read.

9. Where is the title I put on hold?

We’ve created a help article listing some of the common reasons why users might have trouble finding titles they put on hold.
Users may also be interested in our articles on placing holds, borrowing available holds, automatic hold borrowing, suspending holds, and changing your email address for hold notifications.

10FAQs_410. How to recommend a title to your library

Learn how you can help build the digital collection! You can recommend two titles per week for the eMedia Catalog. Learn how in how to recommend titles to your library for purchase.

Remember, Virtual Library Library staff are available Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist you with questions via the phone at 702.507.6300 or email us at

Happy New Year!