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 https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html and click on Sign In, then Don’t Have an Adobe ID?
  2. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  3. From the Google Play store, download the free Freading App
  4. Open Freading once it downloads
  5. It will prompt you to enter in your Adobe ID. If it doesn’t, go to info, then tap authorize.
  6. Tap Get Books at the bottom, then hit Login
  7. Search for our library by name, zip code, city, or state (you can ignore country), then tap Find Library. The screen should refresh. Tap La Grange from the list that loads.
  8. 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 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 (We recommend Download EPUB).
  12. Select Read now to open the book now or ‘find more’ to continue browsing for other books
  13. If you selected read now, you’ll be taken directly to the book.
  14. If you selected find more, when you’re ready to start, go to library, then click on the cover of the book you want to start reading.
  15. If you exit out of the app and go back to it later, you can always find all of your books in Library and any book you have started in Reading Now

ePub eReader

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already.
  2. On your computer, go to https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html and click on Sign In, then Don’t 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 https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html and click on Sign In, then Don’t Have an Adobe ID?
  2. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  3. From the App Store, download the free Freading app.
  4. Open Freading once it downloads
  5. It will prompt you to enter in your Adobe ID. If it doesn’t, go to info, then tap authorize.
  6. Tap Get Books at the bottom, then hit Login
  7. Search for our library by name, zip code, city, or state (you can ignore country), then tap Find Library. The screen should refresh. Tap La Grange from the list that loads.
  8. 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 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 (We recommend Download EPUB).
  12. Select Read now to open the book now or ‘find more’ to continue browsing for other books
  13. If you selected read now, you’ll be taken directly to the book.
  14. If you selected find more, when you’re ready to start, go to library, then click on the cover of the book you want to start reading.
  15. If you exit out of the app and go back to it later, you can always find all of your books in Library and any book you have started in Reading Now

Kindle Fire

  1. You will need to create an Adobe account if you do not have one already. Go to https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html and click on Sign In, then Don’t Have an Adobe ID?
  2. Fill out the fields and click Create.
  3. There is no official Freading app for the Kindle Fire. This is a workaround.
  4. Swipe down from the top of your screen, tap More, tap Device, make sure ‘Allow Installation of Applications from unknown sources’ is on. This allows us to install an unofficial Freading app later.
  5. Go to the home screen and open up the Amazon Silk web browser
  6. Go to m.slideme.org and search for Freading. A new page should load.
  7. On that page, in the box that includes the Freading red ‘F’ logo, hit free. One the page that loads, hit download.
  8. If available, use the three horizontal line button to go to the Silk browser’s menu, find downloads, and tap on it to install it. If that button is not available, go to the Amazon app store and search, download, and install ES File Explorer. Once ES File Explorer is installed, you can use it to find where the file downloaded onto your Kindle. Once you find that location, tap on the file to install it.
  9. Go to your home screen and tap into Apps. If you don’t immediately see the Freading app, try looking in the ‘device’ section of Apps (rather than ‘cloud’).
  10. Open Freading
  11. It will prompt you to enter in your Adobe ID. If it doesn’t, go to info, then tap authorize.
  12. Tap Get Books at the bottom, then hit Login
  13. Search for our library by name, zip code, city, or state (you can ignore country), then tap Find Library. The screen should refresh. Tap La Grange from the list that loads.
  14. 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 click Forget Your Pin?
  15. Select Login
  16. 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
  17. Select the cover image of the book you wish to check out, then select Download EPUB or Download PDF (We recommend Download EPUB).
  18. Select Read now to open the book now or ‘find more’ to continue browsing for other books
  19. If you selected read now, you’ll be taken directly to the book.
  20. If you selected find more, when you’re ready to start, go to library, then click on the cover of the book you want to start reading.
  21. If you exit out of the app and go back to it later, you can always find all of your books in Library and any book you have started in Reading Now