Kobo eReaders

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North Vancouver Distric Public Library offers Kobo Clara and Nia eReaders for 21-day loans.

How to Borrow

Reserve a Kobo

You will need:

  • A valid library card, in good standing (no outstanding fees).
  • Access to a wireless network (to load materials at the Library, at home or elsewhere).
  • To create a free Kobo account with a valid email address and password.

Borrowing Basics and Agreements: 

  • Kobo eReaders can be borrowed for 21 days, with the option for 1 renewal if no one else is waiting. 
  • Only one Kobo eReader per patron can be borrowed at a time. 
  • Kobo eReaders must be returned to the Circulation Desk at any NVDPL location. Please do not return them in our book drops to prevent them from being damaged. Please return device fully charged. 
  • Patrons are responsible for materials checked out on their cards. For lost or damaged Kobo eReaders, replacement costs of $212 (+ $10 a processing fee) may be charged. Learn more about fees for lost or damaged items.

Reserving a device:

  • Place a hold in the NVDPL catalogue clicking the button below.
  • Wait for a notification that your item is ready for pick-up at your preferred NVDPL location.
  • Once you have been notified that a Kobo eReader is available for you, it can be picked up at the Library’s circulation desk. 


Reserve a Kobo

Frequently Asked Questions: All About Kobo eReaders

How does the Kobo work?
You can use a Kobo eReader to conveniently download ebooks from the Library’s catalogue and take them with you on the go. Settings can be customized for font style and size, contrast and colour temperature, and more. North Vancouver District Library patrons have access to the provincial Library2Go collection, which also includes titles exclusively for users with a North Vancouver District Library card: Access OverDrive.

An NVDPL Quick Start Guide is included in each kit with basic step-by-step instructions for how to set-up your Kobo eReader, connect to OverDrive and start borrowing ebooks. (View the Clara Guide | View the Nia Guide)

Do Kobo eReaders come pre-loaded with ebooks? 
Unfortunately, not. It is against the user agreement to loan Kobo eReaders with ebooks already on them. While some libraries may do this, this contravenes user agreements. 
We encourage you to use the Quick Start Guides to explore how to use these Kobo eReaders for borrowing ebooks through the library – we’re always here to help! If you require assistance, email info@nvdpl.ca 

Can I listen to e-audiobooks on Kobos?
No. Kobos do not have speakers or headphone outputs.

Why Kobo eReaders? Why don't you have the Sony eReader or the Amazon Kindle?
Great question! Kobo eReaders remain one of the most durable and compatible devices to use with library ebooks. With Library2Go/OverDrive, materials can be downloaded directly to these devices from the library’s ebook collection. 
Amazon Kindles are, not compatible with the Library’s ebook collections and result in borrowing costs by the user. Sony no longer supports or makes e-readers  . 
How can I borrow ebooks? What is OverDrive?
Your NVDPL library card gives you access to a variety of ebooks! Browse and borrow on the go through OverDrive or the Libby App. Learn more about ebooks and e-reading
For e-readers or desktop use, use OverDrive. For mobile phones or tablets, download the Libby App for Android and iOS devices for your device’s app store.