eBooks and eAudiobooks

The Columbia Public Library subscribes to electronic resources in order to supply our patrons with electronic versions of books and audiobooks. Most items are accessible on computers, eReaders, and smartphones.

To make an appointment for one-on-one assistance with your eReader or smartphone, call us at 618-281-4237.

Abdo Digital Bookshelf: Free and unrestricted access to thousands of eBooks and an easy to use database. (Available until June 2020.)

Audible (Amazon): Listen to hundreds of free children’s audiobooks online.

CLCloud Library: eBooks and eAudiobooks!

1. Download the app for your device and log into your library account. You can find links to all of the apps at http://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/index.php/en-us/

2. Browse the collection, check out a book, or place a hold.

3. Read!

To see if your device is compatible consult the Device Cheat Sheet.    ***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 https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/illinoisheartland/Featured and do all your searching and reading from there. Your device will need stay connected to wi-fi to use the browser reading function.

Questions? Contact us or download our Cloud Library brochure.

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.

LibriVox: Thousands of free public domain audio-books for all ages.

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!


RBDigital: Access 8,000+ e-audiobooks and 120+ e-magazines for all ages!

To set up an account, go to www.rbdigital.com/illinoisheartland, click “create new account” in the upper right hand corner, enter your library barcode and email, then create a password.

Once your account is created, search for the RBDigital app in your device’s app store, download it, and log in using the account information you just created.  Click here for more instructions or to find out where to get help, or else bring your device into the library!

Sebco Books: Access 1500 multi-user children’s e-books (Available for free until June 30th) . Go to the website, click “Customer Login”, the username is keepreading and the password is Sebco; the new screen will ask for an ID, which is 1; click “view e-book samples” at the top, click login with the auto-filled login/password, and then pick a book you would like to read.

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

TumbleBooks: Easy to use databases that allow unlimited access from home! Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. (Available until August 31, 2020.)

Tumble Book Library 

K-6 children’s eBook database

Tumble Math

K-6 math eBook database

Teen Cloud Library

Grades 7-12 eBook database

Audio Book Cloud

Audiobooks database for all ages.

Romance Book Cloud

A huge collection of steamy Romance novels!

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