The Los Angeles Public Library knows that e-Media collections, devices and formats can be confusing. In order to help you get started, this page shows our vendors (below), shows what types of materials are available by vendor (to the right), and also offers some Quick Start Guides (below and to the right). All e-Books, e-Audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable e-Videos are listed in our catalog, e-Music, e-Magazines and streaming e-Video (hoopla) are not.
e-Books from Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 are available to download and transfer to PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. These books use the bLio reader, which is available for download at the site. Support for Adobe Digital Edition compatible devices (Nook, Sony Reader) is also available via the ePub format. Access is provided by your library card and a bLio account, which you can create after you log in with your card.
BiblioBoard features books, articles, images, photographs, maps, pamphlets, and documents as well as streaming audio and video content on a wide variety of topics including Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Nature, Native American Studies, Sports, Drama, Games, Crafts, Cooking, Music and Children's Literature.
All content is available on an unlimited multi-user basis with no checkouts or returns. You can access BiblioBoard content from the web or various mobile devices using your library card number. Download the free app using these links: Web, iPad, Nexus, Kindl
ComicsPlus offers unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels, comic books and manga from virtually any device, tablet or PC. Age range runs from kid-friendly early reader comics to action, crime and fantasy graphic novels for teens.
You will need to set up a new account (username and password) with EBSCOhost. EBSCOhost has provided instructions on how to create a personal account, but to follow them you must first use this link to go through an authentication process.
For assistance with EBSCO e-Media, please use this form.
Freegal allows users to download up to 5 music track downloads a week from the Sony Music catalog. All selections are DRM-free in mp3 format. Patrons use their library card to download items (Freegal Music downloads are not available with the e-card).
hoopla is a digital media platform that gives access to digital entertainment content from either mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and/or via any browser. hoopla offers full length feature movies, episodic television programming, full musical albums and unabridged audiobooks.
hoopla Quick Start Guide (PDF)
e-Audiobooks from Recorded Books available to download and transfer to selected devices. Patrons must do a one-time account setup using their library cards (OneClickDigital accounts are not available with the e-card).
Direct e-mail support is available at email@example.com
OverDrive offers downloadable e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos and e-Music. Additional software is required for all files. Most e-Media can be transferred to a portable device (Kindle now supported!). Patrons use their library card to check-out items.
OverDrive Quick Start Guides (PDF): e-Books | e-Audiobooks | e-Videos | Transferring from Adobe Digital Editions to e-readers
For assistance with OverDrive e-Media, please use this form.
Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from a collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
These podcasts are recorded live in Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium as part of the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library speaker series presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
These videos are recordings of "L.A. in Focus", a series of lectures presented by Photo Friends and the Photo Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, spotlighting images from the Library's collection and unique stories of L.A. history.
Sites with Public Domain titles
ALEX Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Full-text documents in English literature, American Literature, and Western Philosophy, with a searchable index. It is also possible to search within the texts themselves.
An amazing collection of on-line classics, including literature, non-fiction, poetry, and reference.
Etext Center (University of Virginia)
Over 2,100 publicly-available ebooks, including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children’s literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and more. Downloadable for the Microsoft Reader and the Palm Reader.
Google Book Search-Library Project
Download full copies of out-of-copyright books from a variety of public domain titles.
HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in HathiTrust.
A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music.
The original site for on-line texts, Project Gutenberg is still on the cutting edge with over 10,000 classics, including many international titles.
The Internet Public Library: Online Texts Collection
Over 19,000 titles arranged by author, title, or Dewey Decimal number.
Quick Start Guides (PDF)
- OverDrive: e-Books | e-Audiobooks | e-Videos | Transferring from Adobe Digital Editions to e-readers