If you’ve caught the eBook bug, have no fear! JPL membership means you have ample access to thousands of eBooks for your computer, dedicated eReader, or smartphone or tablet.

 Overdrive eBooks

Each member can borrow 5 eBooks at a time from our biggest eBook (and e-audiobooks) provider. Books and audiobooks go out for 2 weeks. They’re returned automatically so there’s never any fines. You can reserve a title if it’s not available; you’ll get an email when it’s returned with a link to download.

To use Overdrive, you must have an Adobe ID. An Adobe ID is a form of authentication that’s common for verifying that a library card number is associated with only one person. To make an Adobe ID, click here and follow the sign-up steps. Hint: Use your regular email address as your Adobe ID so you remember it! Afterwards, if you download overdrive to as many as 6 devices, you’ll be able to enjoy your library eBooks on all of them. Read from a tablet in bed, continue on your smartphone on the train, sneak in a few pages on your computer at lunch time…you’ll never lose your place.

Browse and download ebooks here to read on your computer

Get the apps now:

iOS Android Windows Windows 8 Kindle Fire

 

If you want to read from your computer, then in addition to creating your Adobe ID (see above), you’ll also need to download a free application called Adobe Digital Editions. Think of it like iTunes but for managing your ebooks. Click here to download this free app.

Need help?

For additional help, device-specific tutorials, videos, and guides on how to get started, check out the awesome help documents that Overdrive has put together.


  3M Cloud Library

Each member can borrow 5 eBooks at a time from 3M Cloud Library Books go out for 2 weeks. They’re returned automatically so there’s never any fines. There are two ways to browse, borrow, and return 3M Cloud ebooks. You can use the regular BCCLS catalog, or you can use the 3M Cloud library app. Regardless of which you choose you have to read the ebooks inside the app so be sure to download it.

Get the apps now:

iOS Android Nook Kindle Fire Mac PC

Need help?

For additional help, step-by-step guides, etc., check out 3M Cloud Library’s help portal.


 Freading

Freading is different in that ALL the ebooks are available ALL the time. There’s a fabulously eclectic collection there–graphic novels, self help, history, business & economics–you name it! Every ebook is assigned a certain number of “credits.” In any given week, each member can take out up to 5 credits worth of ebooks. And what’s even better? You can keep the ebook…FOREVER!

Browse and download ebooks here

Get the apps now:

iOS Android Kindle Fire*

 

*Kindle Fire users MUST use the link above to download Freading. You will not find Freading in the normal Kindle App Store.


 

Want even more free eBooks? We don’t blame you. Here are a few more resources with thousands of freely available titles, all available to download right now!

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. They carry high quality ebooks: All their ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. They digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

 

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Not only will you find thousands of text documents formatted for all your devices, you’ll also find a treasure trove of video and audio in the public domain.