Cloud Library (3M) Discontinued

Cloud Library discontinued
After much debate and careful consideration, the MARINet libraries have decided to phase out the Cloud Library platform (formerly known as 3M) in June


What does this mean?

If you are a current Cloud Library user you will still be able to checkout titles until June 1st through the Cloud Library app or a direct link to their website.

If you have titles on hold that you don’t think you will get to read in time, please contact us and we will get your hold moved over to a copy in OverDrive if one is available.

If you have items checked out through Cloud Library at the time it is cut off, you will still have access to those items until the end of the checkout period.

Why was this decision made?

    • OverDrive is significantly more popular with patrons than Cloud Library: in May 2017 there were 16,146 items checked out from OverDrive compared to 1,175 items from Cloud Library.
    • The cost of keeping both Cloud Library and OverDrive running and well-stocked wasn’t tenable. Libraries must pay platform fees for each service as well as buy eBooks at a much higher cost than is commercially available to the public, and that’s just to provide them for either a limited time period or a certain number of checkouts.
    • Keeping a full collection in both platforms is very expensive, duplicating fees to use each platform and purchasing titles on both services. Consolidating to the more popular OverDrive platform will allow the Library to spend more on actual materials instead of platform fees.
    • Cloud Library doesn’t offer books in kindle format, which is a big drawback for many of our patrons.
    • Approximately 80% of our materials owned in Cloud Library will be transferred over to the OverDrive platform.

What other eBooks services can I use instead of Cloud Library?

The library offers access to OverDrive (downloadable eBooks & eAudiobooks) and Hoopla (streaming and downloable eBooks & eAudiobooks).

Marin County Free Library and other members of MARINet purchase eBooks and eBook platforms together, through the consortium, to save money and to offer a consistent experience to patrons who may belong to different libraries within the county.


  • Download eBooks & eAudiobooks
  • Kindle format available
  • Read in browser or via app
  • Thousands of titles

A couple of years ago, the Cloud Library app and website were much easier to use than Overdrive’s, but since then Overdrive has caught up and even surpassed Cloud Library in terms of browse-ability and ease of use.


  • eBooks & eAudiobooks
  • Stream movies & TV shows
  • Limit: 8 checkouts a month
  • Always available – concurrent use means more than one person can have something checked out at the same time

We also offer Hoopla, a streaming service, which has a fantastic collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, music, and video. If your device has the storage space you can download materials to read or listen to offline.

NOTE: Unlike Overdrive, which is available to all MARINet consortium library cardholders, Hoopla is only available to patrons with a Marin County Free Library home library. Your home library depends on where you live, not where you got your card or which library you use.  (More information)


All library locations will be closed Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day