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3M Apple App

The 3M Mobile App for Apple allows you to checkout, download, and read ebooks directly on your Apple mobile device without the need to transfer the books from a computer.

Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch with iOS 5.1 or later.  
If your device is older than 5.1, you can transfer from the computer to the device.  Click here to view the instructions for this.


Getting Started

1.  Open your device's App Store and search for "3M Cloud Library."  Install this free app. 

3M Clould Library

2. Open the app to set it up for your initial use.  Tap the blue "NEXT" button to proceed to the next question.

  • Select Country -- choose United States.  
  • Select State -- pick Kansas from the list.
  • Select Library -- State Library of Kansas - Capitol Building.
  • Enter Your Library Card ID -- answer both blanks, then tap "Login."
    • Library ID -- your Kansas Library Card number.  Usually 6 digits long.  This is separate from your regular public library card number.  If you need a Kansas Library Card, you can get one from any school or public library. 
    • Library PIN/Password--this is your birthdate in MMDDYYYY format. Example: January 1, 1980 should be entered as 01011980.

3. The 3M Cloud Library connects.  For this first use, you will need to Accept the Terms & Conditions to continue.

You will not need to log in for each use of the app in the future.  It will normally save your login information.

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Overview of App Features

The 3M Cloud Library has 4 main pages, accessible through these buttons.  Each section is described below.

3m apple app tabs


This is the display case of the library.  Normally we will have a "New Additions" and a "Recently Popular" section, with other shelves added from time to time (we like to make one for the yearly Kansas Notable Books awards, for example).


Categories are the "subject browse" section of the app.  It contains an Advanced Filter button that allows you to only see books that are available to check out right now (this is what is shown in the "find a book now" section below.  This option will stay on until you turn it off!


This is a very simple search.  Try a one-word search for best results, such as the last name of an author or a couple of words from a long title.  The Advanced Search button on this page allows you to only see books currently available for checkout in your searches.  This option will remain on until you chose to turn it off.

My Books

This is your account screen.  It shows your current checkouts, holds, and other information.

  • Currently Reading area is wood-paneled.  It will show the books you have currently checked out. Clicking the List View button allows you to return books early.
  • Holds will always estimate how long of a wait you have on your books and allows you to remove books you no longer want.  For more about holds, see the Other Options below.
  • Wish List is an area to save books that the library does not have yet.  If you stumble across a book that is suggested, but we do not have, you may add it to the wish list.  If the library purchases that book, it will appear in your Holds list. 
  • Reading History preserves what you have read, and any ratings you have applied to those books.  You may delete your reading history from this area.
  • Message Center hosts notices and updates from the library, and notifications of items available on your holds or wishlist (if you have not yet seen them).
  • Account Profile is where you can log out of the software and set your email notification for holds.   More on setting your email in Other Options below.

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Find a Book Now

The Categories tab is the best way to find a book to read right now. 

  • Go to the Categories tab.
  • Tap the Filter button on the upper right side. 
  • Select the "Books available to check out" option. 

Once this is selected, the categories will only show what you can check out immediately.  Click a main category tile (like Fiction) to choose a subcategory (such as Romance or Mystery).  This option does stay ON, keep that in mind for the future. 

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Check Out a Book!

When you have found a book you are interested in, tap on the book's cover or the checkout/holds button.  This will pull up the Book Detail page.  Note that you can view a full summary as well as similar books to the one you are interested in (usually other books by same author).

  • Tap the green button to finalize check out.  If all copies are checked out, it will be a gray hold button instead.
  • You will be taken to the My Books tab. The book has been checked out to you for 14 days.
  • The new book will appear on in the Currently Reading section and download. You are ready to use the book.
book details page to checkout book

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Reading a Book

Open a Book: tap the cover of the book from the My Books screen. 

Turning Pages: tap the edges!

Tap on the right edge of the page, or swipe towards the left from the right edge to proceed through the book.  To back up, do the same action from the left edge.

Book Options: tap the center.

Tap the center of your book page to bring up the menu across the top of the screen.  The buttons are:

  • X: Close book, return to My Books Screen. 
  • i: Book details screen.  Access the summary, table of contents, bookmarks, similar books list, or share (social media, email).  There will also be an option to check in this book. 
  • Gear: Settings. Go here to increase the text size, change the screen brightness, etc. 
  • Magnifying glass: Search within the book.  Works reasonably well by keyword.
  • Blank box: Bookmarking feature.  You may leave the note blank to set a generic bookmark, or enter notes.  Bookmarks are accessible later through the Book Details screen (the app does auto-save your place in the book).

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Other Options


When a hold is placed, the progress of a hold is shown on the My Books screen. It estimates the wait period for a book based on the number of people ahead of you in the list, the number of digital copies of that book the library owns, and the maximum checkout period of 14 days.

Holds Notifications

To receive an email when your hold is available, you must turn on the nofication option. If you change email addresses, you will return to this screen to update your email address. 

  1. Go to My Books.
  2. Select Account Profile.
  3. Email Notification should be at the top of your profile.  Turn this on.
  4. Enter your email address when prompted.
  5. 3M will send you a verification email--click the confirmation link in this email to finalize your setup. 

Checking out a hold: your book will appear with a green Check Out button in your Hold List when it is available.  You have a grace period of 72 hours to check out the book before it is passed to the next person.

Managing holds: decide you do not want a hold anymore?  Click the Remove from Hold List button, or click Show All to see all of your holds and remove them.

Return a Book Early

  1. Go to the My Books screen.
  2. Tap the red Check In button on the upper right corner.
  3. A black X will appear on the corner of each book you have checked out.  Tap the X for the ones you are finished with.  The app will ask you to rate the books, you may do so or ignore.

Reading on Multiple Devices or Computers

The 3M Cloud Library allows you access to your checkouts on all versions of the software/mobile apps.  The software will save your spot in the book based on the last place you used it.  This auto-bookmarking is close but not perfect (different devices have different screen sizes).  Regular ereaders (like the Nook, Kobo) will save your place on that device, but cannot communicate what page you are on to the 3M Cloud Library software.

Sharing Books with Social Media or by Email

To share a book over social media, you must have installed the Twitter or Facebook app to your device and have an account with that service. Please realize that this is a completely optional function of the 3M Cloud Library. 

  1. Pull up the detail page (summary, etc) of a book you wish to share.  Ways to pull up the detail page: 
    • Search/browse for the book, and pull it up like you mean to check it out.
    • If in the middle of reading the book and you want to share it, tap the i button in the book's reading menu.
    • With the book checked out in My Books area, tap the "List View" and then the cover of the book.
  2. On the detail page, tap "Share."
  3. A menu will pop open with an email icon, Twitter and/or Facebook icons (if you have these installed). 
  4. Follow any prompts from Twitter, Facebook, or your email system to complete sharing the book.

Log Out of the App

It is not necessary for you to log out of the app, unless you share a device with another person. If you need to log out:

  1. Go to the "My Books" tab. 
  2. Select "Account Profile."
  3. Tap the "Log Out" button.

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VoiceOver Compatibility

VoiceOver reads the entire device screen out load and uses special gestures or taps to execute commands to the device.  This allows people that are blind or have low vision a way to use the device, and comes built in to iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones. VoiceOver can navigate the entire 3M app and read the pages of the book. 

Turning on VoiceOver

  1. From your device's home screen, access Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and select Acessibility.
  4. Tap VoiceOver.
  5. The VoiceOver section opens.  Toggle VoiceOver to "on" at the top of the page. 
  6. VoiceOver is now on and you will need to use VoiceOver gestures to continue use.  Please note that the VoiceOver menu contains other settings you may wish to investigate (such as turning the speed of VoiceOver up or down) to provide the best experience. 

VoiceOver Commands & Notes

We are able to navigate the 3M app and read a book with these basic commands.  Your device's user manual contains a full range of information on the VoiceOver feature.   

Navigate between buttons, options, or sections:

  • flick to the right at any point on the page, with one finger.  Buttons or options are read off left to right, top to bottom. 
  • run one finger around the page, touching the icons, buttons, or links (this is usually quicker, especially if you know where the button or option is).

Select an item: double tap the screen with one finger. 

Reading a Book:

  • Once you have checked out a book, it is in the My Books area of your app.  Select the book to open it.
  • If the book does not begin reading, flick until the book page is selected, then double-tap to begin reading. 
  • At the end of the page, flick left with three fingers.  This turns the page.  To back up a page, do the same action to the right.

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Questions or Need Help?

Email the State Library's Statewide Services desk at, or call toll-free during regular business hours: 800-432-3919. Please mention that you are using 3M ebooks as we also handle other statewide services.  We can:

  • answer general questions and problems,
  • teach you one-on-one about 3M, including walking you through setup and checking out your first books.

For the most common questions and problems, see the Help & FAQ page.

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|     Last modified: Mar 11, 2014