Ellibs e-book service
Keski Libraries use the Finnish Ellibs e-book service that provides both e-books and e-audiobooks. The Keski Libraries' Ellibs collection contains approximately 2500 separate publications, and the collection is expanded continuously. The books are acquired with annual licences and they are mainly part of the library collection for one year.
Majority of the collection is Finnish adult literary fiction and non-fiction. The collection includes also children's and youth literature. You can access the Ellibs array of e-books directly on the Keski Libraries' Ellibs page or in the mobile application.
A customer can have up to five loans and seven reservations on e-books at a time. The loans are automatically returned on their due date. E-books do not accumulate reservation or overdue fees. E-loans and e-reservations do not show up in the customer's profile. Instead, they are shown on the Ellibs service's "My bookshelf" view.
What do I need to borrow an e-book?
To borrow e-material, you need a Keski Libraries library card and a 4-digit PIN code attached to your customer account. If you do not have a PIN code, visit a Keski Library to get it. Please remember to bring a photo ID along.
Ellibs e-material can be used on mobile devices (smartphone, tablet) and computers. In addition, they can be read with an e-book reader device with certain limits. Borrowing e-material requires always an Internet connection, but you can read them also offline with certain limitations.Return to the top of the page
Searching for e-books and e-audiobooks
You can search for e-books in many different ways: the eLibrary or directly within the Ellibs e-book service (on mobile devices, you can search for them in the Ellibs mobile application). All search methods are just as valid, try them out to find the most suitable method for you!
Searching for e-books in the eLibrary
Keski Libraries' e-materials are compiled on the national eLibrary maintained by the Libraries.fi community. Remember to narrow down your search to the Keski Libraries! In the eLibrary it is easy to browse materials and make searches according to, for example, a certain subject or audience. Using the buttons on the left side of the page, you can browse materials. The search bar is located on the upper right-hand corner of the page. You can switch the language on the top of the page. You can browse through e-books and e-audiobooks separately, and clicking the plus icon allows you to browse through different genres. The eLibrary compiles also links to e-journals and other electronic materials. Searching for materials includes also some freely accessible e-books.
The eLibrary directs you to the service that provides the e-material. For example, an e-book or e-audiobook is borrowed within the Ellibs e-book service.Return to the top of the page
E-books and e-audiobooks on a computer
The direct URL to the Keski Libraries' page on the Ellibs e-book service is https://www.ellibslibrary.com/en/keski. You can also access the Ellibs service in the online library by choosing "E-libary" on the top bar, and then selecting "Ellibs".
You can browse through the collections in the Ellibs e-book service without logging in. In order to borrow or place reservations, you need to log in to the service.
Use the search bar on top of the page to find materials. You can also browse the collections using the arrow buttons on the left and right edges of the page.
There are sorting tools below the search bar for sorting and narrowing down the results by, for instance, availability, audience or format and for browsing through contents according to subject. The easiest way to reset these search preferences is to click on the Keski Libraries logo on the upper left-hand corner of the page.
The availability menu allows you to narrow the search results down to immediately available books. If you wish to see, for example, all audiobooks, the most certain way of doing so is sorting the result by format. This is done by choosing audiobooks from the Format menu right below the search bar. There are e-books in both EPUB and PDF formats. E-books in PDF format cannot be read in browser view. Instead, they work only on a reader application.
When you find an item that may interest you, click on its cover image to its details. This also allows you to preview the book without borrowing it.
If an e-book is available, there is a message "lendable" near the cover image. Choose a loan time (1 or 14 days) and a loan type of your liking (the options are "Read online" and "Download" / "Listen"). If you have not logged in yet, the service will ask you to do so. Log in with your Keski Libraries library card number and your 4-digit PIN code.
You can place a free reservation on an e-book that is currently borrowed. You will find the latest date when the book will be borrowed to you on the book's detail page (and if the previous customer returns it sooner, you will receive it for your reading right away).
You may have up to five loans and seven reservations active at the same time. Your loans and reservations are shown on your Ellibs bookshelf view. The loans will be automatically returned on their due date, but you can always return them before the due date from your bookshelf view. Loans cannot be actually renewed in the Ellibs, but if you wish to extend a book's loan period, the book needs to be borrowed again after returning it.
Read or listen in the browser
The most convenient way to read an e-book is reading it in a web browser. However, browser reading requires an active Internet connection. If you would like to read an e-book offline, you need to install a reader software application (Adobe Digital Editions) on your computer. Please note that listening to e-audiobooks on a computer is possible only in a web browser. Thus, listening to e-audiobooks on a computer requires an active Internet connection.
After choosing to read an e-book online, it opens up right away in the browser reader. To turn the book's pages, use the arrow buttons on the left and right edges on the page. The upper right-hand corner of the screen has controls to move from a chapter to another within the book and to change the text size and font. When you stop reading and plan to continue later, the reader will remember where you left off. A good web browser for reading e-books is Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Listening to an e-audiobook is also easy: in the middle of the screen there is a play and pause button, and navigation tools are found above the cover image, while the controls for volume and playback speed are located in the lower part of the screen.
N.B.! Reading PDF format e-books is not possible in a web browser.
Download to your computer
In order to read downloaded e-books, you need to have installed Adobe Digital Editions reader software. This application can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website (N.B.! Adobe Reader cannot be used for this!) In addition, you need to authorize your computer with your personal AdobeID.
When you download an e-book to your computer, you will receive a small link file. Opening it will start the reader software for the e-book (Adobe Digital Editions needs to be defined in the computer's settings as a default program for opening .ascm files). The borrowed book will open up right away in the reader, but you can start reading it later by clicking the "Library" button to find all the books you have downloaded. Right-click the book's cover image and choose "Read" from the drop-down menu.
You can find more detailed instructions to use the Ellibs service, getting yourself an AdobeID and installing the required reader software on Ellibs's Instructions page.Return to the top of the page
E-books and e-audiobooks on a mobile device: Ellibs app
The most convenient way to use e-books on a mobile device is to use the Ellibs application. The app enables you to browse the e-book collection, along with the possibility to borrow e-books and place reservations on them.
You can download the Ellibs app for free on your own device's application store. The app works on both Android and iOS devices.
Material borrowed through the app are readable in a web browser and vice versa. E-books and e-audiobooks that are accessed with the app can be also used offline.
Here's how to log in to the app: choose Keski Libraries ("Keski-kirjastot") and log in with your library card number and the 4-digit PIN code.
During the first login, the application will ask your year of birth. Choose the correct year from the menu. if on the next screen the service suggests you use your own bookshelf, choose not to have an Ellibs account. After this, the service suggests to create an account. Choose "Skip". These procedures are needed only on the first login.
On the upper right-hand corner of the screen, you will find the options to search for a book, author or a subject (magnifying glass icon) and to narrow down the search (the three-dot icon). You can right away narrow the search down, for instance, to only available books or to a certain format, such as audiobooks (MP3).
On the bottom of the screen, the "Bookshelf" button will take you to your loans and reservations. The "Collection" button leads you back to the browsing view of the e-book collection. The menu on the upper left-hand corner of the screen gives you the search options. Under each header, you will find more results by choosing "Show more". From the same menu, you can also check your settings and log out of the application.
If you wish to use e-materials offline, you can download the borrowed e-item on your device: this occurs automatically when you open your borrowed e-book. You can aldo download the item from your own bookshelf view. If the download button is not visible, the book has already been downloaded on your device. If needed, you can delete the files from your device by tapping on the "Delete files" button that appears below the book's cover image on the bookshelf view once the files have been downloaded.
Borrowing and placing reservations
Borrow the book by tapping the "Loan" button. You can choose 1 day or 14 days for the loan period. Afterwards you will find the borrowed book on the bookshelf view (bookshelf button on the lower right-hand corner of the screen. To continue reading, press the "Read" button. You can see the book's details by tapping the book's cover image on the bookshelf view, and this also allows you to return the book.
If a book you would like to read is currently not available, you can place a free reservation on it. The "Reserve" button will be in the same place as the regular "Loan" button. The book's details have accurate information about when you will receive the book at the latest (if the following customer returns the book earlier, you will be able to borrow it right away). When placing a reservation, submit your e-mail address. When your turn to borrow the book is up, you will automatically gain access to it and receive an e-mail notification about the book being ready for you on your bookshelf view.
E-books and e-audiobooks will automatically be returned and deleted from the reader when the loan period ends. Therefore, they cannot be overdue or accumulate any overdue fees.
If you complete reading the book before the due date, it is good to return it before due date, so it is available for other customers.
Go into your bookshelf view and open the book's details by tapping the book's cover image. The returning menu opens up, and you will be able to return the book.
Listening to e-audiobooks on the app
Ellibs e-audiobooks can be listened to using the Ellibs mobile application. E-audiobooks are borrowed in the same manner as e-books, and you can listen to them streamed or offline after downloading them on your mobile device.
Listen to an e-audiobook by tapping the "Listen" button. The audiobook player has a sleep timer on the upper right-hand side of the screen, and you can also adjust the playback speed to your liking.
You can download the e-audiobook on your device with the Ellibs app. It is always recommended to download an audiobook for listening, but especially if your Internet connection is slow, downloading it prevents playback interruptions while streaming. To download an e-audiobook, tap the "Download" button below the book's cover image on the bookshelf view. If needed, you can delete the files from your device by tapping on the "Delete files" button that appears below the book's cover image on the bookshelf view once the files have been downloaded.
In addition to the Ellibs app, Ellibs e-audiobooks can be listened to using a web browser, but this requires an active Internet connection. Streaming an audiobook is best to do in a Wi-Fi hotspot. On Android devices, the usually suitable browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, on iOS devices Mozilla Firefox or Safari.
When streaming with a web browser, open the Ellibs website via, for instance, your library's e-material page's link and log in. Choose a loan period and select "Listen", and the audiobook will open in the browser for listening.Return to the top of the page
E-newspapers and e-magazines
Keski Libraries offer three services for e-newspapers and e-magazines: PressReader and eMagz, that can be accessed also from your home, and a service only accessible within a library, ePress. When using these services on a library's computer or when using a library's wireless network, the content can be accessed automatically without logging in.
EMagz: Finnish magazines
EMagz offers Finnish magazines and journal publications. To read them, you will need to log in to the eMagz service with your library card number and PIN code. Click on a magazine's cover image to read it. The quota of simultaneous readers varies depending on the publication. The service will notify you, if the publication is not available at the moment. You can read publications up to two hours at a time. Once the time is up, the service will automatically log you out. If you are logged in to the service and have not used it for fifteen minutes, the service will log you out. EMagz has the previous year's archive of each magazine accessible.
EPress: Finnish newspapers
EPress offers Finnish newspaper publications. EPress can only be accessed on a library's computer or when using a library's wireless network on your own device. Click on a newspaper's cover image to read it. EPress has the two previous years' archive of each newspaper available.
Using the PressReader on a web browser
Open the PressReader and log in by choosing "Sign in" on the upper right-hand corner of the page. Choose the "Library or Group" button in the popup window.
Type "Keski" in the search field and confirm your choice "Library – Keski Libraries".
Type in your library card number and PIN code.
After this, a PressReader HotSpot window will open. You can browse the publication collection by choosing the "Select publication" button and then selecting Publications from the menu on the upper left-hand corner. After this you can browse the publications by countries, languages, categories or publication types. You can also search for publication titles. Click on a magazine's cover image to read it.
Some magazines have also earlier issues. The maximum archiving span is three months. Issues of publications appear and disappear from time to time, and the library cannot affect the changes in the collection. You can print out pages of the publications, and some magazines can also be listened to read out loud.
PressReader mobile app: remote access
Download the free application from your device's application store. If you already have downloaded the app, make sure that your app is updated to the latest version.
After opening the app, choose "Sign in" from the app's menu. Select "Library and Group" and choose Keski Libraries from the "Select library" list. Type your library card number and PIN code in the fields provided for them. Wait for a moment, until the PressReader HotSpot window (coffee cup icon) opens. Once logged in, you can search for magazines by their titles or browse them by different categories. You can download the magazines to your device for offline use. When downloading them, the HotSpot should be active. If the coffee cup symbol on the Publications view's top is not green, you need to start the HotSpot from the app's "Settings" (tap on the three dots icon).
If the application does not offer you an option to log in with your library card, do as follows: use a web browser to go to the PressReader home page via, for example, the online library's links, log in with your library card number and PIN code. Then click your own name to access your profile settings and choose "Manage account". You will need to add an active e-mail address and a password to your profile. The restart the application and log in by using your the e-mail address and password you provided as your credentials.Return to the top of the page
Naxos Spoken Word Library
The Naxos Spoken Word Library provides you thousands of e-audiobooks. There are mainly audiobooks in English, but also some audiobook literature in German, French and Portuguese. The Naxos Spoken Word Library has fiction for both adults and children (mainly classical works). In addition, the service includes non-fiction, poetry, stageplay manuscripts, relaxation music, nature sounds and language courses. You can browse the service's contents by categories, authors or spoken word readers. Up to four people can be logged in to the service at the same time. You can use the service with your Keski Libraries library card from everywhere.
Here is how to use the Naxos Spoken Word Library
- Access the Naxos Spoken Word Library service.
- Type your library card number in the Field "Enter passcode" (upper left-hand corner).
- Search for the desired materials by typing keywords in the Keyword Search bar. Alternatively, you can use the Advanced Search function. You can also browse the content by language, readers and actors, authors or publishers.
- Once you have selected the material you wish to listen to, you need to check the boxes next to all the tracks you wish to hear. You can also choose the "Play all" function to playback all the tracks (left column below the cover image). The "Play selections" button will open up the audio player. The player will stay open even if you make new searches. If you wish to continue listening later, you can set a bookmark on an audiobook buy clicking the "Set bookmark" icon and naming your bookmark. To access your saved bookmarks, see the "Bookmarks" tab on the top of the screen. In addition to your own bookmarks, the service will also display all bookmarks made by other Keski Libraries users.
- When you are finished, remember to log out! There is a red "Log Out" button on the top of the screen. This releases the user licence for other users. The service has a one-hour automatic timeout.
Naxos Spoken Word Library mobile app
The Naxos Spoken Word Library's audiobooks can also be listened to using the mobile application with the same collection available as the browser version. You can both stream the audiobooks on the application and download them for offline use.
Using the app requires creating a separate user account. To create your personal account for the mobile app, log in to the service with your library card number on a web browser.
- Go to the Naxos Spoken Word Library's home page.
- Type your library card number in the field "Enter passcode".
- Select the "Create Student/member account" link. Provide the required information. You will receive an email verification. Clicking on the verification link completes your NSWL account.
- Download the NSWL mobile app on your mobile device's application store.
- Log in to the app with your account.
- You can search for material by typing an author's name or a book's title in the search field.
- To download a book one chapter at a time, choose the three-dot icon and then "Download for Offline Streaming".
- When finished, remember to log out (the "Others" option on the bottom of the screen). There can be only a set amount of users logged into the service at the same time.
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Naxos Music Library
The Naxos Music Library music listening service contains more than a million tracks of classical music, jazz and world music. The service can be used in a library or from your home by logging in with a Keski Libraries library card.
Naxos Music Library is an extraordinary music listening service, but using it requires some getting used to its functions. These instructions will get you started on both personal computers and mobile devices.
On a computer:
- Go to https://jkl.naxosmusiclibrary.com/
- Type your library card number in the Enter your Library Card Number field and choose Login.
- earch for desired music by typing keywords in the Keyword Search bar or use the Advanced Search function. You can also choose People from the menu on the left edge of the screen, and browse by composers or artists. You can also browse the collection by different genres (Categories) or record labels.
- When you have chosen a piece you wish to listen to, press Play on top of the track list (triangle facing right within a circle).
- When finished, remember to log out! On the top of the screen, there is the Log Out button. By choosing it, you release the user licence for other users.
Naxos Music Library on a mobile device
The Naxos Music Library can be used on a mobile device. You can also use a mobile application on Android and iOS devices. In order to use the app, you need to create a separate user account.
Use a computer to log in with your library card number at https://jkl.naxosmusiclibrary.com/ Click the Playlists button on the left edge of the screen. Choose the Sign up button on the top of the opening page (after the Student/member playlists account text). Enter your email address and a password on the opening form to be used as your login credentials for the Naxos Music Library mobile app. Once you have filled the form, choose Register New Account Now. Log out of the service.
You will receive an email notification for verifying your account. Click the Activate Naxos Music Library Student / Member Playlist Account Now link on the email. Download the Naxos Music Library (NML) app on your mobile device from the App Store (iPhone, iPod, iPad) or Google Play (Android devices). Start the app and log in with the username and password you created. Remember to also log out when finished on the mobile app!
You can create and use playlists on the app. The playlists work also on computers: log in with your library card number and click the Playlists button. On the new opening window, choose Student/member playlists account. Log in with the username and password you created. The playlists that you create on a computer are usable on the mobile app and vice versa.
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Rockway is a Finnish online service that provides remote courses for music. The Keski Libraries selection has approximately 40 courses for you. The maximum users of one course varies between 1 to 3 users at the same time. There are courses for guitar, keyboards, singing, bass guitar, drums, ukulele and many others. Each course has several video lessons. All videos are spoken in Finnish.
Log in to the Rockway with your library card number. Borrow a course with the "Lainaa" button. If the course you desire is currently not available, you can place a reservation on it by choosing the "Liity jonoon" button. When borrowing a course for the first time, you need to provide your contact information, so you can receive future notifications into your email when a course is available again. The loan period of one course is 14 days. If you no longer need a course that you have borrowed, please return it for other users. Your loans can only be accessed within the Rockway service in "Omat kurssit". They will not be displayed in your online library profile. When finished, log out by choosing the "Takaisin Keski" link on the left edge of the screen and close the browser.
You can use the Rockway online courses on all of the common and updated web browsers. You can watch the courses on a computer, a tablet or a mobile device. Your Internet connection needs to be faster than 2 Mb/s for the videos to work properly.Return to the top of the page
Advice and troubleshooting
Problems with the e-book services
Check out the Ellibs e-book service's instructions in English.
When facing a problematic situation, you can use the "Feedback" box on the top of the screen in the Ellibs service. This way your issues are directed to the library personnel. You can also contact Ellibs directly via email (email@example.com) or the service's Facebook page. Technical difficulties and suggestions are best to be issued directly to the Ellibs support.
Problems with PressReader
Problematic situations are usually cleared when visiting your library and by logging in to the service with your library card within the library's wireless network either with the computer's web browser or your own mobile device using the PressReader mobile application. The HotSpot function should be active, thus displaying the coffee cup icon in green colour. If the green coffee cup symbol is not displayed on the app, go to "Settings", then turn the "HotSpot" on. If this does not help, please log out of the app and then log in again.
With some web browsers or on some devices, the service will suggest you create a separate user account even when you have logged in with your library card number. In some cases the "No thanks" button does not work and you cannot skip creating an account. In others, the button functions and the content opens correctly.
In some cases, the PressReades might display the following notification when logging in: "This social account is already in use on PressReader for sign in. Sign out and then sign in through your social network, go to the "Manage Account" page and uncheck "Allow sign in" there." If this happens, logging in will not work. The problem is usually solved when you empty the cache and delete the cookies of the web browser you were using.Return to the top of the page