ebooks 101

By Jamie B. RSS Fri, March 20, 2020

New to ebooks? Here’s a short guide to getting started with ebooks at the Free Library.

Finding ebooks
Search our library catalog by title, author, subject, or another term. In your search results, ebooks will be labeled with a blue ebook tag and a blue downloadable book icon.

Catalog Read Now button screenshot

Catalog Request this Download button screenshot

Narrow your results to only ebooks by using the Narrow Search feature. Follow the link to check out the book.

ebook Platforms
There are so many ways to read ebooks at the library! Our top ebook platforms include:

Visit our Digital Media Portal at freelibrary.org/digitalmedia for a full list of our offerings. 


Reading ebooks
You can read ebooks in a variety of ways: using a phone, tablet, ereader, laptop, and even from your desktop computer. Many of our platforms have free downloadable apps, including OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla, and Freading. Depending on the platform, you can download books as EPUB, PDF, Kindle, or read books in your browser or app.


Recommending a Title
Our collection is always growing. If there’s a book you would like to read that we do not have, please use the Recommend a Title feature in OverDrive from your browser or the classic OverDrive app and we will do our best to add it to the collection.


For more information on how to use hoopla or OverDrive’s Libby app, check out these videos:


Have a question for Free Library staff? Please submit it to our Ask a Librarian page and receive a response within two business days.

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1 I would like to find out about setting up a free library and I would like to thank you all for these great resources
colleen hanlon - Norwell Ma.
Monday, April 6, 2020

I've used ebooks for several years, successfully. However, now many books are only available on Hoopla, and Hoopla seems to open only on mobile devices, and I can't get a Kindle edition. I've tried to download them, and they just go off into the ether and I can't open them on any of my devices. What's wrong? I can still get the overdrive ebooks, but not all books that I've been interested in are offered in Overdrive.
Virginia Patton - Philadelphia
Monday, April 6, 2020

Why when I click on overdrive, am I now directed to the kids page
Jess Brown - Philadelphia
Thursday, April 9, 2020