Using Microsoft Teams for online library events

Microsoft Teams is a video conferencing tool that is free for participants and can be used in a web browser or downloaded to your device.

Before the event, explore the options for joining the event. You can click on the meeting link in the email from the event organizer to test your software or app. If you have questions, contact the event organizer or Ask Us.

  • Computer or laptop: If you choose to use a web browser, Microsoft Teams functions best using Edge on a Windows PC or Chrome on a Mac.
  • Smartphone, tablet or other mobile device: Download the Microsoft Teams app for the best experience.

Microsoft Teams Meetings

Microsoft Teams Meetings are used for discussion-based events, such as book clubs.

  1. After you register for a library event, you will receive an email confirming your registration. The link to join the meeting will be emailed separately by the event organizer as the event approaches.
  2. Select “Join as a guest” and enter your name. You will be admitted to the “lobby.” Once the event starts, the event organizer will admit you to the event. Note: We do not recommend joining with your Microsoft account as this requires additional steps.

Microsoft Teams Live Events

Microsoft Teams Live Events are used for events with a presenter and limited audience participation. There may be a Q&A option, but it is mainly a spectator experience.

  1. A link will be provided in the event listing for you to join the event.
  2. You can join in your web browser or the Microsoft Teams app (recommended).

Online event tips

  • Keep your microphone muted when you aren’t speaking.
  • Be aware of when your camera is on and remember that other participants will able to see you then.
  • Eat before or after the discussion.
  • Notify others in your household that you are participating in a virtual event or discussion.
  • Respect one another and enjoy the event.