eBook Collections

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Overdrive/Libby  eBooks & eAudiobooks

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/Windows 10).

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Axis 360 eBooks & eAudiobooks

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). Axis 360 also offers EPUB-formatted ebooks for use with Adobe Digital Editions.

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Hoopla Digital eBooks & eAudiobooks

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).

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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 California Digital Library (Califa/Bibliolabs)

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:

  • no library card is required
  • no hold queues

Enki eBooks

    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.

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    Chinese eBooks and 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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    Skillport 8i (Skillsoft)

    More than 13,500 full-text technology and business eBooks from 210 publishers, plus 25,000 IT and Desktop Video tutorials from industry experts. Library card sign-in required.

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    Safari Online Books (ProQuest)

    Thousands of titles from Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, IBM, and O'Reilly, covering essential technologies, including certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linux/Unix, Web development, Windows, XML, and more. This resource accommodates 40 simultaneous users.  

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    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.

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    Historical Works (SFPL's Digitized Books)

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

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    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.

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    eBook/eReader Classes

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

    NOTE: Due to the mandatory shelter-at-home order, all library classes have been canceled. Please use Ask for eBook Assistance for ebook help.