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Research on your Mobile Devices

Find out how to use your tablet or smartphone for library research, using apps, mobile sites, and more! Download ebooks, read articles, and make the most of your mobile device.

Open Library

Open Library features hundreds of thousands of scanned books, courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Features many classic works of literature and out-of-copyright, public domain works.  Books can either be read page-by-page in a browser (with an active Internet connection), or downloaded to your device and read via the Overdrive Media Console app or a PDF reader. 


Getting Started with Open Library

Follow these steps from the Open Library FAQ pages:

  1. Sign up for an Open Library account
  2. Find a book to borrow
  3. If a BookReader edition is available, you can read it instantly online by clicking the "Read in Browser" link. You're done!
    • If you see the READ button then the book is available to read in your browser immediately, no check-out required
    • If you see a BORROW button then you can check out the book immediately for a 1 hour or 14 day check out period; it will be auto-returned and removed from your account at the end of the loan period
    • If you see a CHECK AVAILABILITY button then the availability may vary; click on the button to see the availability
  4. Borrowing books in other formats will require
  5. Once Adobe Digital Editions or other ebook reader is downloaded, installed and registered, click the download link for the title on Open Library to download an EPUB or PDF.
  6. Enjoy!