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.

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Overdrive eBooks

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

Summer eBooks for Teens 2x a Week

Unlike our ordinary library eBooks, once you get these special books you can keep them!  Two free popular audiobooks a week all summer... each two are available for download during one particular week only.  Use the Overdrive or Libby app to get them.  

Free Listens from Sync

AudioFile Sync offers free listens all summer long.

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.

Podcasts about Books & Literature

Find out about great reads, new authors, and what's going on in the literary world with these conversations about books and literature that you can listen to online or download to your device.

Download Entire Magazines

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Digital Magazines from RBDigital

Having trouble with Zinio?  The Zinio for Libraries app has been discontinued and replaced by the RBdigital app. If you haven’t already, please download and start to use the RBdigital app. It is available free in the app stores (for i-devices here, for Android devices here). Your user name and password remain the same. 

Many magazines that you love in paper format are available for your computer or favorite mobile device, page for page. 

The library subscribes to these so that library card holders can read them online, or download them to read off-line, for free.  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 will work on your Kindle, but some other sources of eBooks may not.

If you are tech-savvy and want to read books in other formats on your Kindle, there is a free open-source app, Calibre, that works to reformat eBooks to a format that you can read on your Kindle, or almost any other device.
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  The Humboldt County Library and its employees are not responsible for what you choose to visit or download via the internet.  Library and library website users are responsible for their own use of the internet and are expected to act with due caution and use critical thinking when making decisions about using the internet.