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Books and eBooks

Books and eBooks

Books and

eBooks

Online or In-Person

Want to grab a book during COVID-19? We have multiple, safe ways to help you!

Books Available Right Now

New Titles in the Past 30 Days

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Autumn Reads

Book Clubs —
 Now Meeting Online!

For Your Book Club

Recommended Book Club Reads from our Staff

Multicultural Fiction Book Club Ideas

Because the world would be a mighty boring place if we were all the same.

Books for Book Clubs (That Are About Books and Book Clubs!)

Check out these recommendations for some lively literary discussion at your next book club!

True Crime Picks for Your Book Club

True crime is a fascinating genre and can elicit some great conversation. Give one a shot (no pun intended).

Hidden Book Club Gems

Does your book club want to try a new genre? How about books that were well-reviewed but not highly publicized? These are for your club!

Fiction Books and eBooks

Non-Fiction Books and eBooks

Apps

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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Thousands of digital titles are available for direct download to your device.

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Thousands of always available eBooks.

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eBook FAQs

  • 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.

    Visit our apps page for links and descriptions.

  • You may check out physical materials at any of our locations offering limited in-person service, drive-thru service, or curbside pickup. 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

    Yes, you may recommend five titles every two weeks.

    RBdigital

    No, RBdigital does not accept recommendations.

    Recommending physical titles for purchase

    The Library accepts up to 20 physical title purchase requests per month per customer account. Please visit this FAQ page for more details.

     

  • No overdue fines; the titles are returned automatically.

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