L4U/Overdrive Access

Welcome back to the Learning Commons!  We have a lot of amazing resources, in both physical and digital format, for you and your students to access!  We know you are anxious to get started so here are some important tips to know:

Recently Enrolled/Registered

If you have recently enrolled or registered with HCOS and have all of your documentation in to the office, they will set up your Encom account.  Once that is set up,  you will receive an email from L4U with your client code and pin.  These are used to log into both L4U  and Overdrive, so be sure to save them in a Password Manager.  Read more about managers here.  New patrons are imported into L4U weekly, on Tuesdays, during September until mid-October, then we import monthly. Check your junk folder for the email from L4U as it often ends up there!

Only one set of Credentials

The credentials sent to you are used for both L4U (Library for You, Physical books), and Overdrive (eBooks and Audiobooks). When you click on the Overdrive icon to log in, it will take you to the same log in screen as L4U, but will redirect you once you log in.

Lost/Forgotten Credentials

If you have been with HCOS for a while, you should have your updated credentials which were sent in May and June.  If you have lost this information, please contact Shandra and then save them!  We have a lot of requests at this time of year, so please be patient!

Have you moved?

If you have moved or are planning to move, you need to contact the library directly with your change of address. We do not receive address changes from the HCOS office, so your items will be shipped to the wrong place unless you contact us!  Email Kelly at shipping@heritagechristian.ca or Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Booking items in L4U

The most common mistake made when trying to book items is logging in to L4U with Student credentials. Students have credentials but they can only book items on Overdrive. All physical resources must be booked on the PARENT account due to our shipping process. Just imagine trying to track several children and parent requests to be shipped at the same time, and returned on time!

For tutorials and videos on how to use L4U: L4U

How to use Overdrive: Overdrive

Loan Periods, Limits and Renewals for Enrolled patrons:

The Learning Commons offers 16 FREE shipments per family per school year (August – July) for Enrolled users. That is one shipment every 6 weeks plus one extra per school year. Once the limit is reached, the enrolled family is responsible for paying 50% of the shipping cost which can paid be from student funding.

Loan period is six weeks which does NOT include shipping time. You have the FULL six weeks to use the material!
• Unit Study Kits: there is a limit of 3 per family out at one time, and only one kit per subject and grade. ie. One grade 5 science kit and one grade 5 socials kit would be allowed, but not two grade 5 science kits out at once.
• There is a limit of 8 media items which includes DVDs, CDs and CDroms.
• Total limit of all items per shipment is 35.
• You can renew items online if no one else has put a hold on them and there are no fines on your account, (so renew them before they are overdue!).
• You can delete bookings and modify dates online.

Loan Periods, Limits and Renewals for Registered patrons:

  • The Learning Commons offers 10 FREE shipments per family per school year (August – July) . Once the limit is reached registered families pay the whole cost of shipping.
  • Loan period is six weeks which does NOT include shipping time. You have the FULL six weeks to use the material!
  • Registered families have access to all resources in L4U except the Unit Study kits and Special Education Department material. Access include curriculum, DVDs, fiction, special education general items and supplemental kits.
  • Registered families now have access to Overdrive!
  • There is a limit of 8 media items which includes DVDs, CDs and CDroms.
    • Total limit of all items per shipment is 35.
    • You can renew items online if no one else has put a hold on them and there are no fines on your account, (so renew them before they are overdue!).
    • You can delete bookings and modify dates online.

 Shipping:

To make the most of your shipments:

  • Order items in groups for one 6 week period
  • Do not order one small item ie. CD at a time
  • Book items well in advance – you can book items up to a year in advance, from September to June. You can book items over the summer if you have re-enrolled and email Shandra to confirm: swiebe@onlineschool.ca

 If you live outside of courier service area, we will ship by Canada Post. The family is responsible for paying for the items to be shipped back, but enrolled families can submit their receipts to the library and have the amount credited to their funding account. Registered families will not be reimbursed. The limit of 16 free shipments still applies for enrolled families.

Arranging Returns:  Call or e-mail Kelly Wiebe to arrange pick up:  shipping@heritagechristian.ca  250-862-2377 x312

 

 

 

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