eBooks, Audiobooks & 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.
Full issues of popular magazines are now available in this collection!
To get started, download one of Overdrive's free apps. Libby is the usual app and works well on most devices. Overdrive is still best for a few devices and for some accessibility needs - try it if Libby isn’t working out for you. Sora is a great app for students.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Leaf through a favorite magazine online, or download it to read from your device.
Articles and Databases
The library subscribes to these trusted information sources so that you can use them for free.
Chilton's Automotive Database
Driver's Ed (practice for California tests)
Explora (articles, news videos, documents)
Heritage Quest Genealogy
JobNow & VetNow
MasterFile (magazines, encyclopedias, etc.)
MedlinePlus (reliable medical information)
Public Domain eBooks and eAudiobooks
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 want to read books in other formats on your Kindle, there is a free open-source app you can use on your computer, Calibre, that works to reformat eBooks to a format that you can read on your Kindle, or almost any other device.
Tired of Your Commercial Reading App?
Calibre can be useful for any ebook reader who wants to read ebooks from varied sources, and keep the books they own in an online library designed for reader needs. The free, open-source app works on a computer (not your phone or tablet). Once you have Calibre on your computer, you can read on that device or transfer books in your library on and off your phone or tablet as you like. Keep your own notes about each book and make your own rating system. Organize your library as you prefer.