Library eBooks, eAudiobooks, & Digital Magazines

As a service to our patrons, the Humboldt County Library provides several options for eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and articles for online reading and downloads. 

Most of these titles do not appear in the Humboldt County Library Catalog.  Instead, you will find them by using the links below.

There are helpful instructions at each link, but if you have further questions you may ask a librarian at the reference desk any time the library is open.

Overdrive eBooks

The Library subscribes to Overdrive to offer our largest collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks, eAudiobooks for adults and children.

Kids' eBook Reading Room

This special area of Overdrive is just for children.
Articles and Databases
The library subscribes to these useful information sources so that you can use them for free.

These include:
Chilton's Automotive Database
California City & County Profiles
California Fact Cards
Driver's Ed (practice for California tests)
Explora (articles, news videos, documents)
MasterFile (magazines, encyclopedias, etc.)
MedlinePlus (reliable medical information)
Zinio (eMagazines to download)

                      ...and more.

EBSCOHost eBooks

The EBSCOHost eBooks are a collection of useful non-fiction books that you can find in the library catalog or by using the heading above as a link, and read online. 

Image, an issue of National Geographic illustrates the idea of Zinio.
Digital Magazines from Zinio

Some of the same magazines that you love in paper format are now available for your computer or favorite mobile device, page for page.  The library subscribes to these so that you can read them online, or download them to read offline.  Keep the magazines on your device as long as you want!  Plus, you have the option to get automatic emails when a new issue of a magazine you like is available.

Public Domain eBooks and eAudiobooks

On the left menu near the top of the page are links to sources of eBooks and eAudiobooks that are on the internet in the public domain and free to all.  Many classic works and old forgotten favorites are restored to us with these collections, and well worth reading, but you'll also find sources of newer books offered by publishers for free, usually for limited periods.
Kindle Users:

Most of the Overdrive books are compatible with your Kindle, but many other sources of eBooks are not.

If you are tech-savvy and want to read ePub books on your Kindle, there is a free open-source app, Calibre, that works to reformat ePub to a Kindle-compatible format, or to practically any other eBook format.


  The Humboldt County Library and its employees take no responsibility for anything you choose to download from the internet.