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May 26, 2015

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library enhances discoverability for readers and releases new tools for librarians. As digital offerings grow in popularity for libraries, patrons need easy-to-use tools that help them take advantage of the world of eBooks. 3M Library Systems has been leading the way in creating these tools since the launch of the 3M Cloud Library, and at Book Expo America, May 27-29 at the Javits Center in New York City, it will showcase the latest improvement to the system--a redesigned web patron that makes it simpler for users to browse their library’s 3M Cloud Library collection. For librarians, 3M added the ability to reclassify the age range for books. [Full Announcement].

December 3, 2014

3M Library Systems eAudiobooks Debut on New 3M Cloud Library App. 3M Library Systems has unveiled the latest addition to its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System -- eAudiobooks. Supported by the newly updated 3M Cloud Library patron app, with 500,000 downloads and counting, the eAudiobook collection currentlyincludes 40,000 titles powered by Findaway World, with content from every major publisher in the audiobook space. [Full Announcement].

March 6, 2014

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library adds eAudiobooks. 3M Library Systems announces the launch of the newest innovation to its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System—eAudiobooks. Debuting with 40,000 titles powered by Findaway World, a premier provider of digital audiobook technology and delivery, the 3M Cloud Library will have an extensive collection of high quality eAudio titles. 3M will detail the new offerings at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15 in Indianapolis, Ind. [Full Announcement].

January 22, 2014

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library Expands to Canada, Unveils New Automation Feature. 3M Library Systems announces the Canadian launch of the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending System. Highly anticipated, this expansion makes Canada the first country outside of the U.S. to gain access to the service. Canada’s 3M Cloud Library will offer the same easy-to-use customer interface and back-end tools, and will include content from major publishers including Penguin, Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, and HarperCollins. In addition, the catalog includes hundreds of other publishers, offering readers access to thousands of titles. 3M is also currently working with House of Anansi Press, Dundern Press, ECW Press and others to bring readers content from uniquely Canadian voices. 3M has also recently released an automated buying tool, which allows librarians to purchase hold lists automatically and easily manage all expiry content. This new, fully customizable tool will help reduce the time required from library staff to manage their collections. [Full Announcement].

October 9, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library introduces Buy and Donate program supported by Kobo. 3M Library Systems is making the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending System even more beneficial for participating libraries with a new “Buy and Donate” feature supported by Kobo, a global leader in eReading. The new program gives libraries the option to add a Buy and Donate button to their 3M Cloud Library website. When patrons click the button, they will be taken to the Kobo Bookstore to finalize their digital book purchases. 3M will donate a portion of sales to the library for use in purchasing additional eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library. With library budgets under constant pressure, this additional revenue stream can be a valuable way to enhance collections. [Full Announcement].

June 27, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library introduces new programs and features at ALA. 3M Library Systems is giving libraries a powerful incentive to sign up with the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending System with a guaranteed satisfaction program for new customers. The terms of the program are simple: Once the new library signs up and completes the training process, 3M will purchase an opening day collection of popular titles, all of which expire within one year of purchase based on publisher terms. If at the end of the year the customer is unhappy, the titles simply expire and 3M will refund the annual platform fee. [Full Announcement].

May 29, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library showcases new publisher portal at Book Expo America. 3M Cloud Library will debut its new online publisher portal at Book Expo America 2013 to be held May 30 – June 1 at the Javits Center in New York City. BEA attendees will be among the first to experience the portal, which allows publishers to receive daily data updates on their eBook content sales. [Full Announcement].

May 1, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library goes live with Macmillan content. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service announces the addition of Macmillan titles to its collection. As part of Macmillan’s e-lending pilot program, 3M is pleased to offer 1,200 titles from the Minotaur Books imprint. [Full Announcement].

April 12, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library unveils better tools, more titles. 3M Library Systems announces the launch of a new Catalog Acquisition Tool for the 3M Cloud Library, designed to give librarians more features to help manage content and to make the buying experience easier. Along with the new CAT, 3M has signed agreements with new publishers to continue building on its extensive and varied list of titles. New additions include Random House Mondadori, which will add to the service’s collection of Spanish titles, as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, including their strong list of children’s content. [Full Announcement].

March 1, 2013

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library goes live with Macmillan Content. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service announces the addition of Macmillan titles to its collection. As part of Macmillan’s eLending pilot program, 3M is pleased to offer 1,200 titles from the Minotaur Books imprint. [Full Announcement].

October 3, 2012

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library eReading App now available through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps storefront. The 3M Cloud Library App is available in Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Apps store, making it easier for owners of NOOK tablets to borrow eBooks from local libraries. Anyone with a NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color can download the 3M Cloud Library App directly from the NOOK Apps storefront, and then transfer digital content wirelessly to their device without having to physically connect to a computer. [Full Announcement].

October 1, 2012

3M Library Systems Top Stories Press Releases Press Kits Multimedia 3M in the News Contact Media Relations 3M Cloud Library Helps Penguin Group (USA) enter eBook Lending Market. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service is helping to bring Penguin eBooks to library patrons at the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library this month. A recently launched pilot program allows the libraries to purchase and lend Penguin eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library system. In addition to the Penguin collection, the libraries will also offer additional titles from the 3M Cloud Library, which has a growing catalog of more than 200,000 titles from some 300 publishers. [Full Announcement].

September 11, 2012

3M Library Systems Des Moines Public Library launches 3M Cloud Library System. The Des Moines Public Library is now the first in Iowa to introduce the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service, bringing Central Library patrons access to digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading eBooks. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2012

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library Comes to Glendale and Pasadena Public Libraries. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will be introduced to patrons at the Glendale and Pasadena Public Libraries. Along with the Glendale and Pasadena Public Libraries, a number of other libraries across the country have now made the 3M Cloud Library available to patrons, including St. Paul Public Library, Minn.; Richland County Public Library, S.C.; Addison Public Library, Ill.; Douglas County Libraries, Colo.; Darien Library, Conn.; Richland County Public Library, S.C.; Mobile Public Library, Ala. and the State Library of Kansas on behalf of the Kansas Digital Library Consortium. 3M continues to seek feedback from both patrons and staff at these locations on the service’s ease of use and functionality, using their input to refine the system. [Full Announcement].

New York Public Library. Penguin Group (USA) launches library lending pilot program. Penguin Group (USA), The New York Public Library, and 3M announced a pilot project that will make Penguin eBooks available to patrons of both The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. The pilot program will begin in August and, if successful, could be rolled out across the US. Under the initial phase of the pilot, eBooks will be made available to libraries for one-year with renewable terms. Library patrons will be able to access eBooks remotely utilizing public-library compatible reading devices. Titles will be available for lending six months after initial publication. [Full Announcement].

May 31, 2012

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library Continues to Build Content Offerings. 3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, DZ2417, will learn about 3M Cloud Library’s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook system’s total list of offerings to more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers. [Full Announcement].

April 25, 2012

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library to be unveiled for patrons. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will be introduced to the public today in an open house event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library. The library is one of a number of beta sites where library staff members have undergone training and are now ready to unveil the system to patrons. [Full Announcement].

October 5, 2011

3M Library Systems 3M Cloud Library makes login simple with 3M Cloud-ID. 3M Cloud Library uses the 3M Cloud-ID for its login process. The 3M Cloud-ID uses a patron’s existing library barcode and PIN to authenticate the patron and allow checkout of eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library, as opposed to using a library ID/PIN for authentication and a separate third party ID/PIN as used by existing eLending providers. [Full Announcement].

July 14, 2011

3M Library Systems 3M Powers Cloud Library eBook lending service with proven technology platform. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service recently made its industry debut at the American Library Association Annual Conference, showcasing the system’s turnkey solution for libraries. Developed on infrastructure created by txtr GmbH, the 3M Cloud Library offers digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading. 3M Library Systems partnered with German-based txtr to power the system using txtr’s leading eReading technology platform, making 3M the first company to offer a cloud-based eBook service to the library market. [Full Announcement].

June 20, 2011

3M Library Systems Momentum building behind the 3M Cloud Library. 3M Library Systems will debut its new 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at the American Library Association Annual Conference, taking place Thursday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 28 in New Orleans, La. 3M’s innovative new system is composed of both digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading, providing libraries with a simple, turnkey system for advancing their digital offerings. [Full Announcement].