Frequently Asked Questions
eLibrary Services is the sole library unit for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Supporting both L.A. County educators and our internal LACOE clients, we offer professional development and fully curated downloadable eBook collections with an educational focus. Available 24/7 to eLS library card holders, the Educator Collection and the eLS Young Adult Collection offer well-rounded selections of downloadable content, including professional development materials, Common Core resources, narrative nonfiction aligned to state standards, core K-12 literature, and selected adult fiction.
You can apply online here. All full-time L.A. County educators and administrators, and all LACOE staff are eligible for a card.
Your eLibrary Services library card is valid for two years from registration date. If you need us to renew your card, contact us.
Your library ID is the number on the back of your blue eLS library card. The default password for all new accounts is "read." 
Check that you are entering numbers and letters correctly – some library IDs have both. If you still have a login issue, contact us.
As our eLS system requires a PIN/password now for all patrons, we have set the default for this to "read" (all lowercase) for all patrons. The "read" PIN/password will work in the eLS Catalog, and on both the OverDrive (Educator Collection) and Cloud Library (Young Adult Collection) web platforms and apps. If you wish to change this default password you may log in to the "My Accounts" page in the eLS Catalog and select "Change Logon." Please note: if you forget your new password, eLS will be unable to retrieve it for you, though we can override it with a new one.
Contact us and we can look up your card number.
Yes, you may peruse both collections via the eLS Catalog. Alternately, you may peruse each collection individually: the Educator Collection here, and the Young Adult Collection here. However, aside from the Project Gutenberg titles in the eLS Catalog, you would need an eLS library card to borrow, stream, or download any materials. 
You must have a card with us to borrow, stream, or download materials from either of our collections. The only exception to this are the free, public domain materials from Project Gutenberg that are listed in the eLS Catalog, which may be streamed or downloaded directly from the Project Gutenberg site itself. 

eLS Educator Collection

Current eBook and eAudio titles on educational topics such as Common Core, 21st century learning, and school leadership, along with K-3 materials and selected fiction.
Take a peek at the Educator Collection here.

eLS Young Adult Collection

  • Material in all subject areas: English Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Math, Health, and Performing Arts
  • Recommended literature and award-winning young adult fiction
  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Test guides
  • College and Career Readiness

Take a peek at the eLS Young Adult Collection catalog here.

Our Selection Policy may be found here.
The combined collections contain over 4,000 professional development, literature, nonfiction and fiction titles, and are growing all the time.
You can fill out the Suggest a Title form here. We do our best to meet requests given budget, availability, and selection guidelines. 
You are allowed to check out ten items at a time from either collection (for a total of 20) and the check out period is 21 days for both collections.
Yes, you may return downloaded items early through the OverDrive and Cloud Library apps. Educator Collection items that have been streamed only via the OverDrive platform may be returned from your Checkouts page under Account on the OverDrive web platform. 
Not to be confusing but the answer is sometimes for the Educator Collection (OverDrive), and not at all for the Young Adult Collection (Cloud Library). What you can do on both platforms, however, is borrow an item again if there are no holds against it. 
Yes, you may place a hold on checked-out materials in the eLS Catalog, on either of the vendor's web platforms, or in either the OverDrive or Cloud Library apps. In the apps, be sure to add an email notification address and you will be notified when your hold is available. 
For the Young Adult Collection, you will need to download the Cloud Library app. See the Cloud Library device download page hereFor the Educator Collection, you will want to download the OverDrive app. See the OverDrive device download page here.
While you can check out materials from both collections via the eLS Catalog, or from their respective vendor web platforms, you must have the Cloud Library app installed to read materials borrowed from the Young Adult Collection. (Items marked with either  or  in the eLS Catalog.) For Educator Collection materials, marked with  in the eLS Catalog, you can stream most of them from the browser without downloading the app. To download to mobile devices, however, you will want to download the OverDrive app.

For the Educator Collection: Stream from virtually any Internet-connected device. Download (with the OverDrive app) to iOS, Android, Kindles, Surface Pros and computers running Windows 8.1 and up, and Chromebooks.

For the Young Adult Collection: Download (with the Cloud Library app) to iOS, Android, Kindle Fires, Macs, Surface Pros and computers running Windows 7 and up (excluding RT), and Chromebooks.

Materials from the Young Adult Collection downloaded to the Cloud Library app will sync across all compatible devices and computers. So long as you are logged in with the same eLS library ID across those devices, the 3M Cloud Library app will automatically sync to the last page read. For Educator Collection titles, bookmarks will sync for streamed titles. For downloads, the OverDrive syncing feature requires an OverDrive account to be set up that is separate from your library card ID and may not work on all devices. 
We recommend using your library card number to both sign up with OverDrive, and to sign in. To do so, find our library - "Los Angeles County Office of Education" - and then type in your library card number with no spaces. The default password is "read" unless you've changed it.
When signing in for the first time, select the country (US), state (CA), find our library - "LACOE - eLibrary Services" - and then type in your library card number with no spaces. The default password is "read" unless you've changed it.

Yes, once you've logged in with your library ID and password (default password is 'read'). Almost all of the titles in the Educator Collection are streamable, and you may read them right from your browser on any Internet-connected device or computer. (You'll find your borrowed items on your "Checkouts" page under "Account.") See the OverDrive Streaming page for more information. 

You may also bookmark and download for offline reading on your computer. For mobile devices, it's best to download the OverDrive app and download your books there. See our OverDrive Downloading page for more information.

Yes, once you've logged in with your library ID and password (default password is 'read'). You must have the Cloud Library app installed, however, to access and read items borrowed from the Young Adult Collection. See our Cloud Library page for more information.
Yes. You can search across both collections in the eLS Catalog. You may even borrow materials directly from the Catalog, but be sure you have the necessary apps loaded to access and read your borrowed items. See our eBooks page for more information.
Yes, but while you can check out materials from both collections via the eLS Catalog, you must have the Cloud Library app installed to read materials borrowed from the Young Adult Collection. (Items marked with either  or  in the eLS Catalog.) For Educator Collection materials, marked with  in the eLS Catalog, you can stream most of them from the browser without downloading the app. To download to mobile devices, however, you will want to download the OverDrive app.
Yes, though only from the Educator Collection on the OverDrive platform. Please see the OverDrive Streaming page for instructions. Young Adult Collection titles on the Cloud Library platform are not streamable at this time.
Yes. We offer a variety of workshops on topics ranging from downloading eBooks on your mobile device to 21st century copyright for educators. You can see our current offerings, along with other Instructional Technology Outreach workshops, by clicking here.
We love to hear from our patrons. Please let us know how we've helped, or how we can help, at els[at]lacoe[dot]edu.