eBook Collections

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eBook/eAudiobook assistance is available by email and text Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Due to limited staffing, please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

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Choose from thousands of adult bestsellers and collections for children and teens. Titles are also available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Read or listen to titles in your web browser or download ebooks to your Kindle and other devices using the user-friendly Libby app (Android/iOS).

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Axis 360

Access a wide selection of adult bestsellers and collections for children and teens. Read ebooks in your web browser or download titles with the Axis 360 mobile app (Android/iOS/Kindle Fire).

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hoopla digital

Get ebooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and more on demand. Stream content in a web browser or download titles with the hoopla digital app (Android/iOS/Kindle Fire HD).


SimplyE Mobile App

The SimplyE app is a convenient way to get digital books and audiobooks from the library. Get the free SimplyE app (Android/iOS) to borrow titles from OverDrive (ebooks only), Axis 360, and thousands of public-domain works in The SimplyE Collection. 

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Enki offers a wide-range of ebooks for adults, children, and teens — including classic works and titles from multicultural and small publishers. Smashwords self-published titles, vetted by Library Journal, are also available. Read ebooks in a web browser or download them to a device with Adobe Digital Editions.

NOTE: In response to COVID-19 and library closures, Califa has partnered with Bibliolabs to launch Enki California Digital Library, an ebook library available to every person in California.

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Chinese eBooks & News (UDN)

UDN (United Daily News) offers content published in traditional Chinese characters. Subject areas include health, business, Chinese history, travel, and language learning. Fiction works include romance, suspense, Kung Fu, and collections for children and young adults, as well as translated titles from Asia and Europe.

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Skillsoft Tech Books

More than 13,500 full-text technology and business eBooks from Skillsoft's Skillport 8i collection. It includes 210 publishers, plus 25,000 IT and Desktop Video tutorials from industry experts. Library card sign-in required.

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O'Reilly for Public Libraries

Unlimited access to 50K+ titles (including O’Reilly books in early release), 30K+ hours of video, case studies from top companies, learning paths, expert playlists, and more—with nearly 1,000 topics to explore in technology and business. Formerly Safari Online Books


Nonfiction eBooks (EBSCO)

Thousands of electronic books with a nonfiction, academic focus covering classic literature, business, technology and other nonfiction subjects. See the EBSCOhost eBook User Guide for instructions on how to borrow titles from this collection. This is a legacy ebook collection.


SFPL's Digitized Books

View or download historical San Francisco books and government documents, including the popular City Directories and Municipal Reports. Hosted by Internet Archive.


The Classics (Open Library)

Over 2.7 million free classic eBooks from the Internet Archive including great works in the public domain from over 600 libraries around the world.


eBook/eReader Classes

Take an eReader class and learn to download free eBooks from the Library.

NOTE: eBook classes have been temporarily suspended. Please use Ask for eBook Assistance for ebook help.