Since late 2014 the IRC has been one of the Illinois libraries that is a part of eRead, which is expanding ebook access across Illinois through the Illinois State Library system. The program is funded by the Secretary of State’s office, and the IRC currently has access to 20,000 ebooks and audio books.
To access the fiction and non-fiction ebooks or audio books, go to: ircguides.imsa.edu/magicwall. Click on the check mark at the top left of the screen to see what’s available, click on the “e” in the circle to see what ebooks are available, and click on the headphone icon to see what audio books are available.
In order to download an ebook or audiobook, click on “Download the new Axis360 app” in the lower right hand corner. The app can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, eReader or a Windows computer. Use the IMSA barcode from your picture ID to check out the book.
You can also click on the selections along the left side of the Magic Wall page, “Featured”, “Fiction”, etc. to see what’s available in those categories. When you’ve found a title you’re interested in, put the cursor over the book cover to see how many copies are offered and if any are available. If the copy is in use, you can click on “add hold” to place a hold on the book. You will receive an email when the book is available. The books can be downloaded for 21 days and when that time is up the download will disappear from your device.
The handy bookmark pictured at the top of this page can be found at the Reference Desk, and Reference Librarian, Connie James-Jenkin, will be happy to help you if you have any questions about downloading an ebook or audiobook.