Kobo eReaders

image of a kobo ereader being held out in a grass field.

The Library offers Kobo Clara and Nia eReaders for 28-day loan.

How to Borrow

You will need:

  • To be at least 19 years old (photo ID may be required)
  • A valid library card, in good standing for a minimum of 3 months
  • Access to a wireless network (at home or elsewhere)
  • A valid email address and password, so that you can set up a free Kobo account

You agree to:

  • One eReader per patron
  • Borrow for 21 days, with 1 renewal if no one else is waiting on hold
  • Return the eReader to the CIRCULATION DESK ONLY ($10 fee if returned through the return slot)
  • Pay replacement costs for lost or damaged eReaders up to $240 plus a $30 processing fee, as per the Borrower Agreement

Device-Specific FAQs

How does the Kobo work?
The best way to find out is via our NVDPL Quick Start guides, included in each kit. (Clara Guide | Nia Guide)

Are there any ebooks already available to read on the Kobos you lend?
No. It is against the user agreement to loan eReaders with ebooks already on them. While some libraries do this, they are in violation of these agreements and subject to penalties if investigated. Our purpose in loaning the readers is to allow customers to experiment with e-reading, while making use of our ebook services as well.

Can I transfer downloadable books from the library's ebook catalogue to my borrowed eReader?
Absolutely! Kobo remains one of the most durable and compatible devices to use with library ebooks. North Vancouver District Library customers have access to the provincial Library2Go collection, which also includes titles exclusively for users with a North Vancouver District Library library card: Access Library2Go here

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

Why don't you have the Sony reader or the Amazon Kindle?
We choose not to circulate the Amazon Kindle, as it is not compatible with library ebook collections. Sony has stopped making and supporting its own eReaders and is no longer in the ebook business.