Howard County Library System
eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines

Free, on demand, self-directed education at your fingertips.


Howard County Library System (HCLS) offers free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines,  The following services are FREE to library cardholders:

ebooks eBooks for Kids
Howard County Library System's eBooks for kids combine educational games, videos, and interactive books for engaging experiences for children from pre-K through high school.
Axis 360
Axis 360 is HCLS' new digital media platform that allows simple and quick access to a wide array of eBooks.  Titles purchased for Axis 360 are for HCLS customers. You will need a valid HCLS library card and PIN to log in to Axis 360.

Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (OverDrive)
Download eBooks and digital audiobooks to a computer, mobile device or your MP3 player.
Note: If you lose your library card and get a replacement, your OverDrive holds (linked to your old library card barcode number) will disappear. If this happens, please e-mail us so your holds can be restored. In your message include your current barcode number and the list of titles you had on hold.
Stream and temporarily download movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers.  Follow the "Sign Up" instructions to begin and then "Sign In" on subsequent visits.
Hundreds of eAudiobooks to download on personal computers, eReaders and mobile devices.
Current and past issues of 93 diverse magazine to read on a computer and/or download to a variety of mobile devices with Internet capability.

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