Mobile Device Apps

Welcome to the RGO Library & Learning Commons (LLC) guide for mobile device apps! This online guide provides helpful information and links to free mobile applications for accessing library databases and ebooks, improving your productivity, and studying for your coursework on your smartphone or other mobile devices such as tablets and e-readers.


What is a Mobile Device App?

A mobile application (app) is computer software designed specifically for handheld mobile devices such as a smartphone or a tablet. 

Most apps allow users to access similar content, functions and services available on personal computers (PCs).

Mobile apps must typically be bought and downloaded online, but there are many available at no-cost. All the recommended apps in this library guide are freely available to download on the Internet.

Mobile Device Icon Key

The icons next to the mobile app link mean the resource is compatible with that type of mobile device:

Many of the databases available through the RGO Library & Learning Commons (LLC) are provided by EBSCO. Below are step-by-step instructions for using EBSCO's mobile apps:

Step 1: Go to the bottom of the page in the LLC's EBSCO databases and click iPhone and Android apps:

Step 2: A pop-up window will prompt you to enter an email address. Instructions and an activation code will be emailed allowing you to access EBSCO databases on your mobile device:

Step 3: Open the email from ESBCO on your mobile device. Click on the link in the email to download the app

Step 4Open the app on your mobile device to start searching, viewing and saving resources!

STEP 1:  Get an Adobe ID

An Adobe ID is a free account that lets EBSCO lend ebooks to specific library users

  1. Go to 
  2. Click Get an Adobe ID to sign-up for an ID

STEP 2:  Download & authorize the app

  • Search for EBSCO ebooks in Apple iTunes or Google Play app stores to download the app
  • Open the app on your mobile device, then enter your Adobe ID to authorize the app


  • On the Find My Library page, choose Canada and Alberta to locate Bow Valley College Library
  • For Library Login, enter bvc1 as the User ID and Password:

STEP 3: Find & Borrow eBooks!

Once the app is authorized, you may search by keyword or browse by category to find over 160,000 ebooks in the RGO Library:

  • Click the Download button to get the full-text of an ebook: 

  • To access the book, login to your EBSCO user account: This is a self-created account used to save results and download ebooks in the library catalogue and EBSCO databases

  • If you do not have an EBSCO user account, go to the library website, search the LibSearch catalogue and click Account Sign-In in the upper right-hand corner to create an account

Need help? Go to the How to Find eBooks page on the LLC website or contact us!

Need help? Follow the links below for instructions on how to download, install and use the mobile device apps recommended in this guide:

What are Mobile Apps?

You may have heard people talking about using an application or an app. But what exactly does that mean? An application (or app) is a type of software that allows you to perform specific tasks. Watch this video to learn more:

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