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How To: E-Books, Audiobooks and More!

It’s 2019 and everyone wants instant access to materials at any hour! We get it—we do too! To accommodate the need for instant information and entertainment, JPL has awesome online resources that everyone in our community should be taking advantage of.

In fact, we like to say that we are open 24/7 because of our online resources. From our Tumblebooks Library for kids, in English and Spanish, to Project Gutenbergthe largest collection of free books in the world—we’ve got it all (or most of it). At any given time you can access our audiobooks, e-books, magazines, and music collection through our app or on your desktop! Don’t be intimidated by checking materials out online! All you need is the desire to explore our collection and have your library card in hand! Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, all the services listed below are free. This is the library after all!

Checking Out E-books

  1. Type the title or author you are looking for in the search bar. You can now see all digital copies the library owns all in one place!
  2. Access to online materials will look a little different depending on the platform. Look for the arrow icon for e-book downloads and the headphone icon for audiobook downloads. This even tells you which platform the material is on. 
  3. Once you logged in with your library card information, just click “Checkout” or “Place Hold.”You can now view your digital check-out right where your physical library check-outs are located. To access your digital materials, visit the e-content page on your device and click on the correct platform. You can do this through our app as well which you can find in the App Store or our website
  4. From there, log in with your library card information and navigate to your account. Here you can download the material to an e-reader, tablet or right to your desktop! 

Check out the video below for a step by step guide!

If you aren’t sure what you’d like to check out, that’s cool too, get ready to browse via our website or our app!

Hoopla: Hoopla features audiobooks, graphic novels and e-books. Thinking about checking out some adventures of the Justice League? All of these materials are at your fingertips and you have no excuse! Heck, we even provide a quick start guide for easy usage!

Overdrive: Overdrive is a great online service for e-books, audiobooks and videos. You can also download the Overdrive app on your phone or tablet and access your materials from there. If you have questions you can always get them answered on via their FAQ's online or you can always message us!  

Magazines for All

When we say we probably have a magazine to suit your interest we mean it. From investing tips in  Forbes and Fortune to celebrity gossip with In Touch. lovers of the outdoors, food, architecture, cars and much more are covered. Every staff member has their own personal favorite! Find your magazine by checking out Flipster and RB Digital. Check out a copy to read on your phone or computer using your library card. It’s easy to access, online, to hundreds of magazines - all at your fingertips!


Hoopla for Music: Check out Grammy-nominated songs, seasonal tracks and more.  

Oh, one last thing, if anyone tries to tell you that audiobooks don’t “count as real books” you tell them we disagree! It’s been proven that Audiobooks definitely count and can sometimes help kids who have difficulty discovering their own love of reading – something we are on definitely on board for! Even when we’re closed, you can still start here and go anywhere, so take advantage of it! If you’re looking for other ways the library can help with your goals for the year, besides reading, check this out!    

Updated: 1/17/19

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jacksonville Public Library