eBooks and Other Digital Content

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The Oakland Public Library offers a variety of E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks. Library cardholders can download digital content any time, to a computer or a mobile device. We also offer one-on-one assistance by appointment, at the following locations: 

Details on each collection are available below. Click on the name of each service to access the collection.

 

eBooks 

OverDrive

  • OPL’s largest e-collection, with thousands of titles, for adults, teens, and kids.
  • Find kids' materials here.
  • Get books for most devices, including the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and your Windows or Mac computer.
  • Popular fiction and non-fiction titles in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
  • You’ll need to create an account using your library card number and PIN, and install free software (Adobe Digital Editions).
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for OverDrive.
  • Find OverDrive instructions and F.A.Q.s here.

 Enki

  • Fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, including self-published titles from Smashwords. 
  • Not compatible with Kindle, but works with most other popular devices.
  • You’ll need to create an account using your library card number and PIN, and install free software (Adobe Digital Editions).
  • A free app is also available; it’s called Bluefire.
  • Find Enki instructions and F.A.Q.s here.

hoopla

  • Access more than 100,000 fiction and non-fiction eBook titles, and 6,500 graphic novels, for all ages.
  • Content is available to stream or download in device memory.
  • Everything is always available, without holds or waiting lists.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for hoopla.
  • You are limited to 8 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles.  This is a total that includes all formats.  

EBSCO 

  • This is a catalog of older titles published before 2006.  
  • Fiction and non-fiction titles for children, teens, and adults.
  • Read online or download to your device.
  • You’ll need to create an account using your library card number and PIN, and install free software for off-line viewing.

Always Available Classics

  • Over 200 works of classic literature in multiple E-book formats.  
  • Always available for download, with no expiration date and no library card required.  
  • Listed by title or by author.

Safari Books Online 

Gale Virtual Reference Library 

  • Research help eBooks on popular topics for homework help.
  • Download to your device and keep the content forever.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Travel Collection

  • Includes the most recent DK Travel and Rough Guide titles. 
  • Download entire books, or just portions of a book, on your phone or device, to guide you in your travels. Please note: You will need to download each section separately!

Total Boox 

  • More than 50,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and teens.
  • No waiting lists or holds; all titles are available all the time. 
  • Download and keep titles on your device with no expirations. 
  • Most titles work on mobile devices only; download the right app for your device first - Apple devices; Kindles; Android devices

Tumblebooks for Kids

  • Interactive, online picture books and early readers for kids for different reading levels, with games and puzzles.
  • All titles work on an iPad.

AP Stylebook

  • A leading style and usage guide for journalistic and general writing in the U.S.
  • This database is available at the Main and branch libraries, but not outside library facilities.

 

Downloadable Audiobooks

OverDrive

  • OPL’s largest e-collection, with thousands of titles, for adults, teens, and kids.
  • Get books for most devices, including the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and your Windows or Mac computer.
  • Popular fiction and non-fiction titles in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
  • You’ll need to create an account using your library card number and PIN, and install free software (Adobe Digital Editions).
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for OverDrive.
  • Find OverDrive instructions and F.A.Q.s here.

hoopla

  • Access more than 34,000 fiction and non-fiction eAudiobooks, for all ages.
  • Content is available to stream or download in device memory.
  • Everything is always available, without holds or waiting lists.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for hoopla.
  • You are limited to 8 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles.  This is a total that includes all formats.  

OneClickDigital / Recorded Books - now RBdigital!

  • Popular eAudiobooks from Recorded Books.
  • Download and listen on an iPod or MP3 device.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for RBdigital. (This also provides access to Zinio magazines!) 

 

Streaming Video

OverDrive Streaming Videos

  • More than 1500 movies, TV shows, and documentaries to stream on your computer or device. 
  • Includes Disney titles for children. 

hoopla Movies and Television Shows

  • Access more than 11,000 movies and 1,300 TV shows, for all ages.
  • Content is available to stream or download in device memory.
  • Everything is always available, without holds or waiting lists.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for hoopla.
  • You are limited to 8 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles.  This is a total that includes all formats.  

Kanopy

  • Access more than 30,000 movies, TV shows, documentaries and more for all ages.
  • Content is available to stream through Kanopy app, or download in device memory.
  • Everything is always available, without holds or waiting lists.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for Kanopy.
  • You are limited to 4 total check-outs a month. You have three days once you hit "play" to watch your check-out. 

eMusic

hoopla

  • Access more than 280,000 full albums, for all ages.
  • Content is available to stream or download in device memory.
  • Everything is always available, without holds or waiting lists.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for hoopla.
  • You are limited to 8 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles.  This is a total that includes all formats. 

 

Digital Magazines and Newspapers

RBdigital

  • Full color, interactive digital magazines for popular titles like Rolling Stone, Bicycling, and more.
  • Download to a iPad or other device to keep content forever.
  • A free app is also available in the Apple App Store / Google Play; search for RBdigital. (This also provides access to OneClickDigital audio books.)

New York Times Digital Edition

Kono for Libraries

  • Kono for Libraries offers free access to popular and current digital magazine titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. Magazine content does not expire, so it’s yours to keep on your device. Back issues are also available.

The Oakland Public Library also subscribes to a large number of online databases and online learning resources that are available to you free from home with your library card.  Get them here.  

If you have a question about accessing our online resources, please email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org with as much details as possible, or visit one of the one-on-one assistance programs listed above.