eBooks

Go paperless! You can now read many of your favourite books on your computer, eBook reader or mobile device. Reading anywhere has never been easier.


downloadLibrary

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Checkout & download free eBooks and audiobooks from the Cambridge Libraries! Read on your computer, Kobo, Sony Reader, Apple, Android or Blackberry device. All you need to get started is a valid library card, an internet connection & free software.

 
 

Five local libraries -- Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Waterloo Region and Perth County -- have teamed up to offer more titles together than would have been possible for each library on its own. From all the best in fiction to biographies, self-help, business and language learning, there’s a great selection for all ages.

Borrowing

Say goodbye to overdue fines! At the end of the lending period, digital titles are returned automatically to the downloadLibrary collection. You can have up to:

  • 15 titles at a time checked out
  • 10 titles at a time on hold. You will be notified by email when your hold is ready. You have 3 days to checkout your hold after being notified.

 More questions about borrowing eBooks or digital audiobooks? See our FAQ.

downloadLibrary Compatible Devices

Not all devices work with downloadLibrary, so check the supported devices page. Your device isn't on the list?  Many downloadLibrary eBooks can be checked out and read using your device's internet browser using OverDrive Read.

Getting Started Guides

Get ready to use downloadLibrary! These handy guides will walk you through the one time setup of your device:

Need More Help?

Ask Us!
We're happy to answer your questions by email, chat, phone or in person. If we can't answer your question, we'll ask the experts from Overdrive for help.

Tech Training 1-on1

Do you need help downloading ebooks? Maybe you'd like help with creating a Facebook account or just need to learn how to research. Book a one on one session with our friendly staff and we can help you develop your skills! Contact your favourite location or book your session using this form.

Overdrive Help
A company named Overdrive powers our downloadLibrary eBook service. Use their excellent "get-started" guides or search for an answer to your questions in their Help section.

Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions:


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Open Library

Download over 1 million public domain eBooks from Project Gutenberg & other sites. Read them on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. Choose between ePub, DAISY, Kindle, simple text and more formats. Most can also be read online without a download.

 
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Listen and read-along with these books on your computer. Contains picture books, early readers, chapter books, teen novels, classics and Shakespeare. No download required. Always available.