Freading Help

Choose your device for step-by-step instructions. Need some help? Call our Reference and Reader Services Department at 708.215.3220 for assistance.


Android Smartphone or Tablet

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already. Go to http://www.adobe.com/ and click on Sign In, then Donít Have an Adobe ID?
  2. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  3. From the Google Play Store, download the free Freading app.
  4. In the Freading app, go to Store.
  5. Select Login.
  6. Type in your home library zip code, then select Find Libraries.
  7. Scroll down and select the link for your home library.
  8. Under LOGIN, type in your library card barcode number and SWAN PIN number. If you do not know your SWAN PIN number, go to https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/patroninfo and select My Library Account, then click Forget Your PIN?
  9. Select Login.
  10. You may search for books by category or title. Each book is worth a certain number of tokens, indicated by a number on the top left of the cover image. You may check out books worth a total of 30 tokens at a time.
  11. Select the cover image of the book you wish to check out, then select Download EPUB or Download PDF.
  12. You will be prompted to register your mobile device to your Adobe ID.
  13. The eBook will open in the Freading app.

ePub eReader

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already.
  2. On your computer, go to http://www.adobe.com/ and click on Sign In, then Donít Have an Adobe ID?
  3. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  4. Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ and click on Download now.
  5. Select Macintosh or Windows, depending on your device.
  6. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  7. Click on Help, then Authorize Computer.
  8. Enter your Adobe ID account information, then select Authorize. Your computer is now activated to your unique Adobe ID.
  9. Connect your eReader to your computer with the USB cable.
  10. Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  11. Your eReader now shows up under Devices.
  12. Click the gear icon, then select Authorize Device.
  13. Your Adobe ID should be highlighted, then select Authorize Device.
  14. Go to http://www.freading.com
  15. Select Login.
  16. Type in your home library zip code, then select Find Libraries.
  17. Scroll down and select the link for your home library.
  18. Under LOGIN, type in your library card barcode number and SWAN PIN number. If you do not know your SWAN PIN number, go to https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/patroninfo and select My Library Account, then click Forget Your PIN?
  19. Select Login.
  20. You may search for books by category or title. Each book is worth a certain number of tokens, indicated by a number on the top left of the cover image. You may check out books worth a total of 30 tokens at a time.
  21. Select the cover image of the book you wish to check out, then select Download EPUB or Download PDF.
  22. The file will open in Adobe Digital Editions.
  23. In Bookshelves, click on the eBook you want to transfer to the eReader.
  24. Drag the eBook to the eReader icon. Click Continue.

iPad, iPhone, or iPod

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already. Go to http://www.adobe.com/ and click on Sign In, then Donít Have an Adobe ID?
  2. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  3. From the App Store, download the free Freading app.
  4. In the Safari browser, go to http://www.freading.com
  5. Select Login.
  6. Type in your home library zip code, then select Find Libraries.
  7. Scroll down and select the link for your home library.
  8. Under LOGIN, type in your library card barcode number and SWAN PIN number. If you do not know your SWAN PIN number, go to https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/patroninfo and select My Library Account, then click Forget Your PIN?
  9. Select Login.
  10. You may search for books by category or title. Each book is worth a certain number of tokens, indicated by a number on the top left of the cover image. You may check out books worth a total of 30 tokens at a time.
  11. Select the cover image of the book you wish to check out, then select Download EPUB or Download PDF.
  12. You will be prompted to register your device to your Adobe ID.
  13. Select Open in Freading.
  14. The eBook will open in the Freading app.

Kindle Fire

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already.
  2. Go to http://www.adobe.com/ and click on Sign In, then Donít Have an Adobe ID?
  3. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  4. There is no Freading app for the Kindle Fire. You can read EPUB eBooks, but not PDF eBooks on the OverDrive Media Console app on the Kindle Fire.
  5. From the Kindle app store, download the free OverDrive Media Console app.
  6. Go to http://www.freading.com
  7. Select Login.
  8. Type in your home library zip code, then select Find Libraries.
  9. Scroll down and select the link for your home library.
  10. Under LOGIN, type in your library card barcode number and SWAN PIN number. If you do not know your SWAN PIN number, go to https://catalog.swanlibraries.net/patroninfo and select My Library Account, then click Forget Your PIN?
  11. Select Login.
  12. You may search for books by category or title. Each book is worth a certain number of tokens, indicated by a number on the top left of the cover image. You may check out books worth a total of 30 tokens at a time.
  13. Select the cover image of the book you wish to check out, then select Download EPUB.
  14. You will be prompted to register your Kindle Fire to your Adobe ID.
  15. The eBook will now open in the OverDrive Media Console app.