eBooks

Enjoy free eBooks and eAudio-books of new and popular literature for anywhere, anytime. 

Specifics
 
  • No late fees, just return when finished or item will automatically return on due date. 
  • Available on computer and mobile devices. 
  • All your loans, notes, bookmarks, and reading progress sync across your devices.
  • Download ebooks and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
Download App

OverDrive App:

Libby App:

Getting Started
  1. To create an account on website or app, select your state, library (Illinois Heartland Library System), and enter your library card barcode and 4-digit PIN number. 
  2. Click agree to terms and log in.
  3. Browse the collection, check out a book, or place a hold. 

Libby setup instructions & help. 

OverDrive setup instructions.

Computer instructions & help.

The classic OverDrive app is recommended if using an older device or a Fire tablet, require the use of a screen reader, or want to view our selection of streaming videos.

Highlights & Accessibility Features
  • Libby’s ebook reader makes it easy to customize how you read, adjust the font size, book layout, and lighting. You can also add bookmarks, create notes, and highlights, and define words. 
  • Skip forwards or backwards with a swipe, increase playback speed up to 3x, and set sleep timer until end of chapter or for 5, 10, 30, or more minutes. 
  • OpenDyslexic font increases readability of text for readers with dyslexia. Learn how to enable or disable. 

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, comics, TV shows and more, 24/7 your library card.

Specifics
  • Limit of 4 items per month per library card. 
  • Checkout — Borrow with no holds or waitlists. 
  • No late fees, just return when finished or item will automatically return on due date. 
  • No waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. 
  • Stream through your desktop browser or the Hoopla mobile app. 
Download App
Getting Started
  • To create an account on website or app
  • Login with your library card barcode and 4-digit PIN number. 
  • Instantly, read, listen, and watch with your library card.

Hoopla How-To-Guides: 

Highlights & Accessibility Features
  • Stream though Chromecast, AppleTV, androidtv, firetv, and Roku. 

eBooks & eAudiobooks for all ages!

Specifics
  • Checkout up to 5 books at one time, each for 21 days. 
  • No late fees, just return when finished or item will automatically return on due date. 
  • Available on computer and mobile devices.
  • The Cloud Library app can be installed on 5 different devices. 
  • Cloud Library eBooks cannot be read on Kindle eReaders, such as the Paperwhite or Voyage at this time. 
Download App
Getting Started
  1. Login to website or download app, select your state, library (Illinois Heartland Library System), and enter your library card barcode and 4-digit PIN number.
  2. Browse the collection, check out books, or place holds. 
Cloud Library How-To Videos & FAQ
 
Highlights & Accessibility Features
  • Cloud Library offers in-app reading features. Access by opening ebook and pressing middle of screen. From there, you can adjust how contents is displayed, the brightness level, font size, margins, and day/night mode, lock rotation, and more. 
  • Please note that as of March 2017 the Nook HD and HD+ are no longer compatible with the Cloud Library app from Google Play, but you can use your device’s browser (such as Google Chrome) to navigate to Cloud Library and do all your searching and reading from there. Your device will need to stay connected to wi-fi to use the browser reading function.

Free electronic resources online:

Hathi Trust Digital Library: Access more than 17 million of digitized items preserved by academic and research libraries from around the world. 

International Children’s Digital Library: Read from a collection of 4600 plus books in 59 languages. Start your search by clicking ‘Read Books’.

Internet Archive: a library of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts, and academic books based on a wide range of interests. Includes archives of old radio shows too.

Junior Library Guild Digital: Free eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students. Readers get unlimited access to read books online from any device.

ManyBooks: Free library of 50,000 plus eBooks consisting of literary classics from the Project Gutenburg archives and works of many self-published authors.

Project Gutenberg: A library of over 60,000 free eBooks of the world’s greatest literature published before 1924 and/or the U.S. copyright has expired.

ProPlay: Read play scripts, which have received professional productions available free-of-charge on the Web, to encourage their further production.

Questia: Over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare books from some of literature’s greatest authors, including Frederick Douglass, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare and more!

Standard eBooks: A collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain eBooks.

Unite for Literacy: Free digital access to more than 400 children’s picture books that are narrated in more than 40 languages.