eBooks & eAudiobooks
San Diego County Library has free eBooks and eAudiobooks, including a collection of Kids' eBooks, to read or listen to on your Nook, Kindle, tablet, mobile phone, and other compatible devices.
Digital books are automatically "returned" to the library - no late fees!
How do I get started?
Visit Getting Started With OverDrive for detailed instructions.
Instructions for Your Device:
Apple devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) •
Kindle Fire •
Nook (E Ink readers) •
Nook Color (tablets)
MP3 players (non-Apple)
Some SDCL branches provide hands-on workshops for a variety of ereaders and mobile devices. View the schedule below or contact your local branch for information.
[+] eBook Workshop Schedule
- Del Mar Library
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesdays/Thursdays, 12 - 1 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Please bring your device and laptop, if applicable. For a 30-minute appointment, please stop by or call (858) 755-1666.
- Encinitas Library
Wednesdays • 3-5 p.m.
One on one instruction in how to download an SDCL ebook to your laptop or mobile device. Registration is required; please sign up at the reference desk or call (760) 753-7376.
- Fallbrook Library
Tuesday, October 28 • 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 13 • 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 25 • 3 p.m.
Bring your ereader, passwords, and library card to this informal workshop. Learn how to download free eBooks from the library. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Joe.Burch@sdcounty.ca.gov or call (760) 731-4650.
- Fletcher Hills Library
Saturdays • 10 a.m.
Bring your ereader and passwords to this workshop and learn how to download eBooks.
- La Mesa Library
By appointment, Wednesdays & Fridays
The La Mesa Library is offering half-hour sessions of one-on-one ebook tutoring. Please call the library at (619) 469-2151 to make an appointment.
- Poway Library
First Tuesday of each month • 6 p.m.
Learn to search for and download e-media from the library website. Registration is required; please call (858) 513-2900.
- San Marcos Library
Second Sunday of each month • 1-2 p.m.
Learn how you can download free library e-books to your eReader including the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook iPad or Android Device.
- Vista Library
Second Tuesday of each month • 6 p.m.
Please bring your device with you. Registration is required; sign up at the reference desk or call (760) 643-5130.
What are the borrowing, return, and renewal policies for digital books?
My library card was replaced, and now I can't access my OverDrive checkouts or holds.
If you were issued a new library card number and need to transfer your checkouts and holds to your new account, please contact technical support. Please include your new library card number, old library card number, and current email address.
Why do I have to place a request for a digital title?
Whenever possible, SDCL purchases eBooks and eAudiobooks from publishers that permit unlimited downloads (i.e. titles are always available for download). However, most publishers only sell their digital titles by the copy (the way physical books are sold). SDCL monitors the number of customer requests for digital titles so that additional copies of titles can be purchased as needed.
Please visit OverDrive's Troubleshooting Guide, or contact Technical Support for assistance.
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