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 our new e-Media page shows materials by format. This page also offers some Help Links and Device 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.
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.
Local Author Collection: This collection represents the best independently published titles submitted by local Los Angeles authors to the SELF-e program, as selected by staff at Library Journal magazine.
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
Digitalia Public Library - Offering Spanish language e-books that can be read online or downloaded to devices, as well as language courses for Spanish, English, and "Quick Languages", a course in simple words and phrases in 12 languages. Also offers multimedia sections with art, music and PC instruction.
Digitalia Film Library - Streaming films available to watch online, mostly foreign language but also has some classic American cinema. Includes feature films as well as documentaries.
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.
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 e-books, e-comics, full length feature movies, episodic television programming, full musical albums and unabridged audiobooks.
New York Times Digital Access to the New York Times digital site. You must create an account for access. From remote computers: Click “Register” to create an account with your personal email address, or “Sign In” if you already have created an account. From in-library computers: Click on "Log In" and then either sign in or use the link at the bottom to create an account.
Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest collections in the world - over 26,000 documentaries and feature films featuring over 1,000 producers including Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and the BBC.
To use Kanopy, create an account with your email address on their site. After you verify the account you will be asked to add your library card to it to begin using the service. Help pages are available.
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, and e-Videos. 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.
For assistance with OverDrive e-Media, please use this form.
Instant access to 2000 plus newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. In addition to being able to read them online, users who install the PressReader app on their mobile device, and connect through any Branch Library wi-fi, can download papers for offline reading without subscribing. Get the app here.
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.