eBooks & eAudiobooks
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:
|eContent 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.
|OverDrive (Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium)
Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or magazines to your computer, tablet, Kindle, or smartphone. Use OverDrive’s website to send eBooks to your Kindle, or use Libby, the free mobile app, to borrow and read instantly on your mobile device. Libby is available in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft.
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 use this form from the Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium Customer Support Page.
Click Here for instructions on using OverDrive.
Use the free cloudLibrary app to browse, check out, download and read eBooks or listen to eAudiobooks. To find out which devices are compatible with cloudLibrary, click here for a list. Click Here for instructions on using cloudLibrary.
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. Click Here for instructions on using hoopla.
|RBdigital (formerly OneClickdigital)
Hundreds of eAudiobooks to download and listen to on computers or mobile devices, as well as a collection of 85 classic eBooks. Click Here for instructions on using RBdigital eAudiobooks.
A digital library of more than 50,000 free eBooks, including many classic titles in epub and Kindle formats. Download eBooks to a device or read them online.
For additional assistance with electronic books and audiobooks:
- One-on-One Sessions: HCLS Instructors at all branches now offer one-on-one instruction on how to use the Library’s econtent resources. To schedule a session, call your local branch or fill out our online form.
- Upcoming eReader classes