Books and eBooks

Books and eBooks

Books and

eBooks

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Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and animated picture books for kids.

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Books, audiobooks, and comics are available to stream online or download to the app, with no waiting lists.

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eBook FAQs

  • RBdigital, one of our eAudiobook and eMagazine providers, was acquired by OverDrive, another digital book vendor. That means that all the content that you’ve come to enjoy through RBdigital is now available through the Libby and OverDrive apps instead of the RBdigital apps. The transition timeline for eMagazines was Jan. 28, 2021. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this change. Please contact  digitalbooks@cincinnatilibrary.org  or chat with us if you have any comments or questions.
  • Here are some strategies for searching for eBooks and eAudiobooks in our catalog.

    Basic Search

    Enter your search term along with the name of your preferred service (Overdrive, Freading, or Hoopla) in the search bar, then click the magnifying glass icon (blue background with white outline).

    Here is a sample result. Clicking the link indicated by red arrow in the screenshot below takes you to the vendor's website where you can download the title.

    Direct Search Through the Vendor

    If you prefer to use a particular service (Overdrive, Freading, or Hoopla), you may want to search directly through that service. For direct links to our eBook and eAudiobook services, please visit our Stream & Download page.

    Questions?

    Please contact our Virtual Information Center by phone at 513-369-6900. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

  • Learn how to borrow an eBook from the Library on your computer or mobile device.

    Your library card gives you free access to three eBook services: Overdrive, Hoopla, and Freading. Watch our video, opens a new window comparing the three services.

    What you need:

    How to check out an eBook using our website:

    1. Search our catalog and find the eBook you would like to check out.
    2. If the eBook is available, click the link to exit the Library's website (see blue arrow in screenshot below) and open the selected eBook service. You need to log in to the eBook service's website using your library card number and PIN.
    3. Once you have checked out the eBook on the service's website, you can select from multiple viewing options, including reading the eBook directly in your web browser or downloading the eBook for offline use.

    Check out an eBook from our catalogHow to check out an eBook using an app from one of our eBook services:

    1. Download the apps for your desired service: Overdrive, Hoopla, or Freading and log in using your library card.
    2. Search for your desired eBook directly through the app or through our website catalog. Note: If you are searching inside the app (such as Hoopla), your search is limited to the Library's catalog for that service only (such as the Library's Hoopla catalog).
    3. Check out the eBook through the app.

    Please contact us by phone, 513-369-6900, or use our chat service, opens a new window if you need assistance with this process.  

  • Yes, whether you're on your phone, tablet, eReader, or even TV, there's a Library app to help make digital borrowing quicker and easier.

    Please note, OverDrive offers two apps, OverDrive and Libby. Libby was created to offer a more user-friendly experience. Both apps access the same digital collection. 

    Visit our Stream & Download page for links and descriptions. 

  • You may browse and check out physical materials at any of our locations. We're open and offering in-person service.

    You may also place a hold through our online card catalog. Here's how to do so.

    1. Search our catalog to find the book or other physical material you would like to borrow.
     
    2. Click the green "Place a Hold" button next to the item.
     
     
    3. Select one of our open locations where you want to pick up your book or other physical materials.
     
    4. You'll be contacted by our staff when your items are available for pickup. Read about safety at the Library during COVID-19.
     
    5. When you visit us to pick up your hold, the book or materials are available for you to check out.
     

    For a complete list of open locations, available services, and hours of operation, please visit our Library Restart page.

  • The Library offers a wide variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks through several different vendors. Each service works a bit differently. You'll find directions for getting started on their websites:

    Please contact us by phone, 513-369-6900, or use our chat service, opens a new window if you need assistance with this process.  

  • Freading 

    No, Freading does not accept recommendations.  

    Hoopla 

    No, Hoopla does not accept recommendations. 

    Overdrive (Libby) 

    Magazines are not available to recommend because our users have access to all the available magazines. You may recommend five eBooks, eAudiobooks, or streaming movie titles every two weeks on Overdrive’s site or app. This feature is unavailable through the Libby app. You may also recommend titles in these formats through the Library’s website. Please visit this FAQ page for more details. 

    Recommending physical titles for purchase 

    The Library accepts up to 20 physical title purchase requests per month, per customer account. (You also may request eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Library’s website.) Please visit this FAQ page for more details. 

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