Take-Home Technology

Your North Shore libraries have partnered with TELUS to break down barriers to technology access!


Take-Home Technology

Your North Shore libraries have partnered with TELUS to provide devices to those in need. We hope it will help you at this time when online communication is so important and we hope it enables you to take advantage of the many wonderful free online resources that are available through your Library membership. Devices available include:

  • Alcatel A30 Tablet
  • LG X Power 3S Smartphone
  • Samsung J3 Smartphone

The Alcatel A30 Tablet Can

With Wi-Fi:

  • Access ebooks, audiobooks, and more online resources through your library.
  • Download Facebook, Whatsapp, Zoom and other apps to connect with people through messaging and video calling
  • Keep up to date with the latest news

Without Wi-Fi:

  • Take photographs and videos
  • Allow you to take notes, create a calendar, and make calculations
  • Access information you downloaded while on Wi-Fi (e.g. ebooks, podcasts)

The Samsung J3 and LG X Power 3S Smartphones Can

  • Connect to the Internet when not connected to WiFi (this phone plan includes 3 GB of data per month)
  • Access ebooks, audiobooks and more online resources through your Library
  • Download Facebook, Whatsapp, Zoom and other apps to connect with people through messaging and video calling
  • Send unlimited nationwide text messages
  • Make unlimited nationwide phone calls
  • Keep up to date with the latest news
  • Take photographs and videos
  • Allow you to take notes, create a calendar and make calculations

Accessing Wi-Fi Hotspot

TELUS Wi-Fi is offered at select locations and is free to both TELUS customers and non-customers. To connect to TELUS Wi-Fi you need to register on the #TELUS network that is available at all of our hotspots.
An interactive map with all of the TELUS Wi-Fi hotspots in Canada is available at https://wififinder.telus.com/
The TELUS Wi-Fi hotspots nearest the Library are marked with a Wi-Fi symbol on the map: 
Register with TELUS Wi-Fi
No special software or password is required; all you need is a Wi-Fi enabled device. Just follow these steps:
  1. Select the #TELUS network name from your device’s Wi-Fi settings menu.
  2. Open a new browser tab and you will be automatically re-directed to the TELUS Wi-Fi registration page. Note: if your browser is already open, you must open a new tab.
  3. Enter your name and email address, and agree to the TELUS Wi-Fi Service Terms.
  4. TELUS will send a confirmation email to the address you provided and give you 10 minutes of Internet access. Open your email on the same device and confirm your address by clicking the link in the message. Note: If you don’t see the TELUS activation email within a few minutes, make sure to check your Junk mail folder.
Once you have registered, you can connect seamlessly to all TELUS Wi-Fi locations for 30 days. After 30 days, you will need to register again.

Acessing NVDPL's WiFi

We provide free wireless Internet access at all three of our libraries.

Here's how it works:

  • Choose the “nvdpl-guest” wireless connection.
  • Open your web browser. You will be redirected to a login page and asked to provide an email address.
  • Once you log in, you will have a choice of going to the Library’s website or the North Vancouver District’s website. If you don’t choose, you will be re-directed to your default home page.

Note that if you have configured your device to block pop-up windows you will not be able to access the log off window. Your connection will be logged off automatically if there is no network activity.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Overdrive (Library2Go) is a province-wide collection of more than 35,000 titles in both ebook and downloadable audiobook formats. It can be accessed via computer or through the app Libby. NVDPL cardholders can have up to seven titles checked out at once with a loan period of three weeks (unless a shorter period is selected). You can have up to seven holds pending.
NOTE: All items you see in Libby are ebooks unless they are specifically labeled as an e-audiobook. If an item is an e-audiobook, it will have a headphones icon on the cover. If it has no headphones icon, it’s an ebook.

Get Started with Libby

To get started, download and open the Libby, by Overdrive app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  • When you open Libby for the first time, you will see a welcome message. Tap Yes.
  • Libby needs to know what library you are using. Tap I’ll Search for a Library.
  • Type your location and then tap on your library (e.g. British Columbia Libraries—West Vancouver Memorial Library).
  • Tap your library (e.g. West Vancouver Memorial Library).
  • On the next screen, enter your Library card number (on the back of your library card) and your PIN (the last four digits of your phone number) as prompted. Then tap Sign In.
  • Confirm your card details, then click Next.

For a full guide on using and navigating Libby, click here.

Discover Your Digital Library

Residents of the District of North Vancouver with a library card have access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies and more! To get started, all you need is your NVDPL library card and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number).

Find all of our resources at nvdpl.ca/databases. Note: Some services may ask that you to create an account with an email, password ,and sometimes a username.

  • Library2Go (Libby)
    • The Library2Go collection has more than 35,000 titles to choose from in both ebook and downloadable audiobook formats. You can borrow seven books or audiobooks at a time for three weeks, and can place up to seven holds.
  • RBdigital
    • Our RBdigital collection has more than 30,000 audiobooks ready to borrow, as well as some ebooks. You can borrow up to 10 ebooks and 10 audiobooks at one time for three weeks and renew if you need more time.
  • Novelist Plus
    • Do you want to know what to read next? Novelist Plus contains reviews of over 200,000+ fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • PressReader
    • PressReader has daily newspapers from all over the world in hundreds of languages. You can sort and find by country, language, or name of newspaper. The newspapers have a rolling archive of between 5 - 90 days. Also includes magazines.
  • Canadian Newsstream
    • Consult the complete electronic back issues for most major Canadian newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and The Globe & Mail. You can also find local papers such as the North Shore News. Access to current Canadian news content with archives as far back as the 1970s, from over 360 news sources.
  • Explora
    • Find information on almost any topic. Explora brings together content from EBSCO's well-known databases: Academic Search Elite, MasterFile Premier, and GreenFILE.
  • Academic Search Elite
    • Academic Search Elite contains full text articles for more than 2,100 academic journals. Subjects covered include biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology among others.
  • IndieFlix
    • IndieFlix has a variety of classic video content, independent films and documentaries that work well on all devices with an Internet browser. It is available via RBdigital.
  • Lynda.com
    • Lynda.com offers classes on a range of topics from Excel to Photoshop. Use these online courses to brush up on existing skills or develop new ones. Use on a computer, or use the Lynda.com app by logging in with your organization: e.g. "www.nvdpl.ca".
  • Mango
    • Lessons in 70 languages (including English). Once you've signed up for an account on our website, you can download Mango's app for iOS or Android and learn on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet).

If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us! Get in touch!