You Can Still Use Your Library Even If You Have a Kindle

I received an early and high-tech birthday present a few weeks ago. No, not a Gizmo Furby (I already have one): a Kindle eReader. Now, just because I have a Kindle doesn’t mean I won’t, or can’t, continue to check out books from the library.

In fact, it is very easy to download eBooks for a Kindle through CADL. You can download a PDF with instructions, but I have some screen captures of the steps if you want a quick overview (original instructions by CADL).

First, go to and find a book you would like (make sure to have your CADL card handy).

Locate a title.

Once you find a book you would like, and if the Kindle version is available, click available – add to book bag.

Have your library card handy.

Click Proceed to Checkout and have your library card ready–you will need to type in the full number.

Make sure it says ‘Get for Kindle.’

Then, confirm your check out, and click Get for Kindle. You can only check out a certain number of eBooks at a time. Unlike physical books, you don’t have to return eBooks–you just won’t be able to read them after the expiration date (think of it as free trial software).

You have to go to to finish checking out, so have your username and password ready.

The website will direct you to to complete the checkout process. If you have a Kindle, you should already have an Amazon account (each Kindle is connected to an Amazon account).

Log in to

After logging in to, just select the Kindle device (app) you would like to use for reading your eBook. If you only have one Kindle, then the choice should be easy. Your Kindle’s wi-fi feature must be turned on, and connected to a wi-fi network, so it can download your book.

There you go — you can still use your library even if you have a Kindle. Keep in mind, that some Kindle books cannot be delivered wirelessly via Amazon. This means you’ll have to connect your Kindle to your computer via its USB cable –and this process can be a bit different depending on if you are using a Windows or Apple machine (check your Kindle user’s guide for more information).

Some folks moan about the rise of the eBook, but I feel there is a place for both kinds (just like in music: Country and Western). I enjoy roaming the stacks at CADL and checking out a random book (I just picked up one with essays about lost civilizations), but I also like the convenience of my Kindle (especially since I walk to work downtown).

Daniel J. Hogan
is the geek half of Ginger and the Geek. He also (poorly) draws the webcomic, Clattertron. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.

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