Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

Laura Bush Community Library

9411 Bee Cave Rd Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!
Instructions 2017-07-17T13:28:33+00:00

Digital Resource Instructions

1: Install the OverDrive app from your device’s app  store or from app.overdrive.com.

2: If prompted, sign up for a free OverDrive account with your email address.

3: Search for “Westbank Community Library” in the OverDrive  app

4: Choose “Westbank Library” and you will be directed to our collection.

5: Sign in to your account with your library card  number and phone number. Click the check mark to remember login information.

6: Search for items and follow the steps to borrow.  Borrowed items will appear on the Loans page under the books icon books icon.

From here, you can:

  • Add titles to your bookshelf in the app
  • Read or listen to titles in your browser  (without adding them to the app)
  • Download items to app
  • Send Kindle Books to your Kindle device or  Kindle reading app
Search Tips:
  • Search by title, author, or genre in main search box.
  • Advanced search allows you to search for titles by multiple criteria, including ISBN, audience, format, subject, and more.
  • Find items available now by choosing the Available now option.
  • Click the 3 vertical lines (menu) in the upper right corner to locate your bookshelf and other menu items.

For Help and Troubleshooting visit OverDrive’s Help page, or give us a call at 512-327-3045!

Access RB Digital Magazines (a.k.a. Zinio for Libraries) through our database page on the website or click on the Zinio logo below.

First time users, click on Create New Account in upper right corner and complete the form.

On a Computer:

  1. Click the cover of a magazine you want. Click the blue checkout button.
  2. Your magazine will open in a new tab and may take a moment to load fully.
  3. To turn the page, click the arrow icons on the far left and right sides of the page.
  4. Controls are located on the left side of the page and hovering over each icon will show its function.

On Mobile Devices:

  1. Get the free RBdigital Mobile App: iOS | Android | Kindle Fire
  2. After installing, open app and tap on the login Follow the instructions to log in to your account. If the sign in screen does not open, tap the gear icon to see Settings (Android: use your menu button).
  3. Click Checkout Magazines on bottom of screen.
  4. Click the cover of a magazine you want and click blue Checkout then Start Reading OR click the (+) sign on bottom right corner and then Start Reading. You can also choose “Email me when the next issue is available” if you want to receive a notification.
  5. To turn the page, click the arrow icons on the far left and right sides of the page.

Digital Magazines FAQs

Consumer Reports

1. Go to our catalog

2. Log in at the top right-hand part of the screen

3. Click TexShare Databases under the Electronic Resources column

4. Choose MasterFILE Premier in the Complete List of Licensed Databases

From here, there are two ways to access Consumer Reports or other magazines…

Already know the item you want to research?

  • Find the box on the page for “Publication” and type “Consumer Reports”
  • Type the item you’re researching into the main search box in the upper center of the page and hit “Search”

Want to read through an entire issue of the magazine?

  • Click on the “Publications” link at the very top of the page in the blue bar
  • In the lower search box, type “Consumer Reports” then click “Browse” Click on “Consumer Reports” (it should be your first result)
  • Browse through issues by clicking on the years—click a volume to read its articles

ACCESSING THE CATALOG:

You can access the catalog directly using the catalog URL: https://westbank.biblionix.com, or by clicking “Catalog” on the website menu.

There are 3 ways to search: “Search All Fields,” “More Search Options,” and “What’s Trending.”

1. Search All Fields:

The simplest way to search, this option searches all titles, subtitles, authors’ or actors’ first and last names, subject terms, summaries, and any other keywords in the item’s catalog record. Results are listed based on relevancy.

To use this method, simply type a word, words, or phrase, into the blank at the top of the screen. Push the Enter key on your keyboard or click the GO! button. If you need to narrow your search results, you may choose from other search options from the drop-down menu such as “Title Starts With,” “Title Contains,” or “Author.”

Keyword Search Examples:

  • DVDs based on books by John Grisham: grisham dvd
  • The Lord of the Rings series: “lord of the rings”
  • Snakes in Texas: snakes texas
  • Items involving a specific fictitious character: jack ryan
  • A book you heard about by someone named Nat with “Sea” in the title: nat sea

2. More Search Options:

These options can help narrow your search results or perform a detailed search. You may search by full or partial title, keywords (such as “love stories,” “science,” or “animated films”), call number (this can be helpful when you want to search all Juvenile fiction and non-fiction), location in the library (i.e. adults, children’s, YA), material type, and more. The “AND” and “OR” options between each search can save time in performing multiple searches at once.

Advanced Search Example:

To search all Juvenile and picture books about dinosaurs:

Keyword: dinosaurs

AND

Call # starts with: J

OR

Call # starts with: E

3. What’s Trending:

Not sure what you’re looking for? Our catalog facilitates browsing in two ways. First, all newly purchased books and ebooks (not all are new releases) scroll across the top of the page with clickable book cover icons. You may also scroll down to “What’s Trending” on the left of the screen. Here, you can view the current most popular items, see what’s been recently added to the collection under “What’s New,” and view our librarian’s recommendations under “If You Like…”

SEARCH RESULTS

Below is example image of a search result. It shows the top results for “puppy training.”

Location: Where in the library you can find the item.

Label: The spine label you will need to know to find the item.

Available WB/LL: These columns tell you how many items are at either Westbank (WB) or Laura’s Library (LL) as well as the total number we have in the collection.

Note:  if you were to perform another search, your previous search(es) will appear above the current results for fast access.  Instead of the “Back” button, use this history listing.

You can:

  • Click on a column heading (Available, Label, Copyright Date, etc.) to sort the list by that heading. Click again to sort in the reverse direction.
  • Click an item to see more information and read a summary of the item (if available).
  • After logging on, you can reserve an item by clicking on it and clicking “Reserve this item.” This will notify you when the item is available for you to check out.
  • Bookmarking an item allows you to make a list of things to check out without putting them on immediate reserve.
  • After you click on a book, you may also click on subject heading links under the “Subject” field to aggregate a new list of results. (In this example, you can search for books about dogs, dog training, puppies, or puppy training.)

Account Deferral

Heading on vacation? Defer your account so you don’t miss out on your reserves! Keep your eye on the yellow dot starting in the upper right-hand corner to learn how.

Posted by Westbank Community Library on Sunday, July 2, 2017