Library eBooks, eAudiobooks & Digital Magazines
Here's how to get free library eBooks, Audiobooks, magazines and articles that you can read on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Most eBooks 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 questions please call 707-269-1915 to talk to library staff.
The Library subscribes to Overdrive’s Library to Go to offer our largest collection of new, popular eBooks and audiobooks for adults and children.
To get started, download the free Libby App or the free Overdrive App. Libby is the newer app and works well on most devices. (Overdrive is still best for a few devices - try it if Libby isn’t working out for you.)
To Get Started with Libby or Overdrive
- Click on the Sign In button.
- Select Humboldt County Library (sometimes listed under Northnet.)
- Enter your library card number.
- You are ready to begin browsing for books.
In response to COVID-19 and library closures, Califa has partnered with Bibliolabs to launch an ebook library available to every person in California:
- no library card is required
- no waiting for a book
- if you are physically located in the state of California, you’re in!
Looking for something a little more diverse? Looking for indie authors? Enki includes over 5,300 simultaneous use ebooks from leading publishers as well as the Indie Author Project Select collection.
Note - this resource does not provide access to the entire enki library collection, just titles where the license allows for everyone to be able to use them at the same time (no waiting!) It uses geolocation to provide access to anyone physically located in the state of California.
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.
Articles and Databases
The library subscribes to these useful information sources so that you can use them for free.
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)
The RB Digital app is available free in the app stores (for i-devices here, for Android devices here). It allows you to download free magazines from the library's digital collection.
Step-by-Step instructions with pictures make it easy to sign up.
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.
On the left menu near the top of the page are links to sources of eBooks and 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.
Most 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.