Go paperless! You can now read many of your favourite books on your computer, eBook reader or mobile device. Reading anywhere has never been easier. To download eBooks from downloadLibrary or Hoopla you must have a valid library card number. Don’t have one? Sign up for an online membership or visit one of our Idea Exchange locations for a full membership. Must be a city of Cambridge resident. If you already have a card but need it renewed, fill out our membership renewal form.
downloadLibrary by Overdrive
Download eBooks and audiobooks, and watch streaming video, on your computer, eReader, tablet, and many other mobile devices. All you need to get started is a valid library card, an internet connection & free software for your device.
downloadLibrary has released the new Libby App. See this video and guide for more information on using Libby.
NEW! Overdrive now has over 3000 magazines to borrow. Checkouts of magazines do not count against the 20 item limit.
At the end of the lending period, digital titles are returned automatically to the downloadLibrary collection. There are no overdue fines. You can have up to:
- 20 titles at a time checked out
- 15 titles at a time on hold. You will be notified by email when your hold is ready.
NEW: OverDrive has released a new feature called DELIVER LATER to give you more control over your OverDrive holds. This new option requires you to manually borrow your holds when they're available, including any current holds. The automatic hold checkout setting is no longer available with our OverDrive collection. Learn more about this new feature here.
More questions about borrowing eBooks or digital audiobooks? See our FAQs [PDF].
downloadLibrary Compatible Devices
Check the supported devices page to see if your device works with downloadLibrary. Even if your device is not supported, you may be able to use OverDrive Read [PDF] or OverDrive Listen [PDF] to read or listen to books through your device's internet browser.
- If you have an older model Kobo eReader, you may no longer be able to transfer Overdrive eBooks to your device using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). For details on this issue, visit the OverDrive ADE help page.
- Due to upcoming macOS changes, OverDrive has ended support for OverDrive for Mac. Effective September 4, 2019, OverDrive for Mac will no longer be available for download and Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles on the OverDrive website. Instead, as a Mac user, you can enjoy audiobooks using OverDrive Listen from the downloadLibrary website, or try Libby on your smart phone or tablet. If you have already downloaded audiobooks to OverDrive for Mac, you will retain access to your downloads for the remainder of the lending period, provided you have not yet updated to macOS 10.15 (Catalina).
Getting Started Guides
These guides will walk you through the one time setup of your device:
- Kobo Aura ONE, Aura H2O Edition 2, Aura Edition 2, or Clara HD and Forma - Overdrive Help Page or Kobo Help Page
- Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 and T2 [PDF]
- Android [PDF]
- Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch [PDF]
- Windows 8, RT, 10 (Libby App is available for Windows 10)
- Audiobooks & portable audio players [PDF]
Need More Help?
We're happy to answer your questions by email, chat, phone or in person. If we can't answer your question, we'll ask the experts from Overdrive for help.
Tech Training 1-on-1
Do you need help downloading eBooks? Learn to do anything on your computer, tablet, eBook reader, or smart phone with our free 1-on-1 training sessions. To register, contact your local Idea Exchange or use this form.
Answers to common questions:
- Searching tips [PDF]
- Basic device troubleshooting
- Returning digital titles early [PDF]
- Changing your holds email address
- Changing default loan periods
- Changing the default program for eBooks or audiobooks [PDF]
Hoopla is an online service that lets you borrow movies, TV shows, ebooks, audiobooks, digital music and comics to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your tv. Titles can be streamed immediately with no waiting or downloaded to phone or tablets for offline use. Borrow up to 4 items per month.
downloadLibrary is not your only source for eBooks. Check out these great services.
Just click on the links below for access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for adults, teens and children.
Free ebooks and audiobooks online
Many publishers and online ebook services are making their ebooks and eaudiobooks available to stream or download for free. We’ve scoured the web to pull together a list of available sources for you to enjoy while at home.
- Bookhub.com : This site has many contemporary authors.
- Free Booksy : Daily offerings of free ebooks for Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, and Apple.
- Internet Archive : Free public domain ebooks and audiobooks from 1920-2000.
- Librivox.org : Public domain titles for audiobooks. You can also volunteer to become a reader
- Manybooks.net : Enjoy free public domain titles on lots of classics and some lesser known authors as well. Over 50,000 titles.
- Openlibrary.org : Free domain titles with lots of depth. Openlibrary is particularly American title driven.
- Project Gutenberg.org : Free public domain titles.
- Readprint.com : Enjoy more free public domain titles.
- Scribd : They currently have a promotion which gives you 30 days free, and then it's $8.99/month. There is a lot of current fiction titles available.
- Tor.com : Tor offers a select number of free Sci-Fi and fantasy related titles.
- GoComics : Sometimes we just need a laugh! Enjoy a large selection of comics, such as Calvin and Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine and The Far Side.
Be the first to discover a new author or join in the writing yourself! These sites have self-published titles that are waiting for the right reader!
Books for Kids and Teens
- Bibliovideo : Read. Write. Watch. Enjoy this youtube channel all about Canadian Books for Young People
- Audible : While schools are closed, Audible is making their audiobooks for kids and teens free to stream. There’s a wide range of title available and there are titles available in six different languages.
- Riveted by Simon Teen : Read a number of YA titles for free until April 30. Includes well known authors like Cassandra Clare and Tamara Pierce.
- The International Children’s Digital Library : Enjoy hundreds of children’s books and many international titles available in dozens of languages.
- Oxford Owl : All kids’ books from the UK with the option of phonics help and materials sorted by reading level. Must create a login to view the ebooks.