Digital Library Community Project
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Digital Library Community Project?
The Digital Library Community Project serves as a gateway to San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) Digital Collection in local, neighborhood places. The Digital Library wallpaper provides SAPL library cardholders access to millions of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and more via QR codes.
Is it free to use?
Absolutely! All services, resources, programs and items at the Library are free!
What do I need?
In order to access the titles within the Digital Library, you will need your SAPL library card number and a smartphone or other Wi-Fi enabled mobile device equipped with a QR code reader. For easier use, we also recommend downloading the OverDrive app from your Apple or Android app store.
Where do I get a QR code reader and the other apps?
Search for OverDrive and a QR code reader through the Apple App Store and/or Google Play Store. There you can find and download these apps for free
Which QR code reader should I get?
Not all QR code readers work the same, and some work better with the codes than others. We've found two that we know work well with the public domain titles: QR Code Reader by Scan (for Android) and Red Laser (for iPhone). Consider checking the public ratings and comments for different apps before downloading and installing them. Ultimately, use an app solution that works best for you.
How does it work?
Once you have downloaded your QR code reader, simply scan the QR code of the individual title on the Library wallpaper that you’re interested in, or scan the general QR code to browse the entire digital collection.
What happens next?
Once you have chosen your title, you will be prompted to enter your SAPL library card number. In some instances, you will also be required to create a username and password to access items. Simply follow the prompts on your screen.
What if the title I want isn’t available?
In some instances, the title you wish to check out will be unavailable. In this case, you can place a hold on the title. You will receive an email when your hold is available. For titles that are unavailable, SAPL will recommend similar titles available now. Simply scroll down to see other available titles recommended for you, based on the title you were searching for.
How do I return the item?
You don’t! Our digital collection returns itself. No need to worry about late fees! However, if you are finished with an item from OverDrive and would like to return the item early, visit your bookshelf in OverDrive, touch and hold the item you would like to return. A screen will pop up that allows you to Return, Delete or Share. Click return and then click YES that you are sure you want to return this item early. Returning the item as soon as you are finished makes the item available to the next person waiting, and helps the library fill holds even faster!
Can I access the Digital Library in any other way?
Yes. Our digital collection is available 24/7 through our website at www.mysapl.org/digital.
Where can I go if I need more help?
For more help using our Digital Library on your mobile device, visit guides.mysapl.org/digitalquickstart, visit any of our 27 locations, or call 210-207-2500 during regular business hours.
What if I don’t have a SAPL library card?
Don’t have a SAPL library card yet? Visit your local branch to sign up today. Cards are free for all Bexar County residents. Simply stop by any branch location with a photo ID and proof of current address. In the meantime, you can still download eBooks from the Digital Library Wallpaper through our public domain collection. Just look for the blue book on the second shelf titled “Try This One”.