eBooks & Downloads


What Can My Device Do?

Use this guide to determine what services your device is compatible with.

Don't have a device that works with our services? Talk to Tech Learning Center Desk about borrowing an eReader. Choose from:

  • Boox tablet: Android tablet with a black & white eInk screen for easy reading indoors or outdoors. Provides access to eBooks, audiobooks, and eMagazines from services such as cloudLibrary, hoopla Libby Magazines, PressReader, Flipster and Kanopy collections.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A Nook: color Android tablet, compatible with all services & formats.
  • Nook Glowlight: traditional black & white eInk eReader for cloudLibrary eBooks. (Requires that you have a PC/Mac for downloading & transferring eBooks.)

eBooks and eAudiobooks on your PC or mobile device (five at a time, 21 day loan, 10 active holds). "Kids' Mode" available in the app version to highlight age-appropriate titles.

Special Instructions:

Important information about the desktop app and black & white eReaders (e.g., Nook Glowlight or Kobo)

A Note on cloudLibrary Content

Thousands of always-available eBooks covering reference topics, classic fiction and humor for all ages. Book chapters downloadable in PDF or ePub format or readable via your web browser.

Large collection of reference eBooks (encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.).

See also the Access My Library app for iOS or Android.

eBooks, audiobooks, eComics, movies/TV episodes, music, (10 items per month, loan periods vary by format). All titles immediately available, no holds. Get started at the hoopla site or get the app. "Kids' Mode" available to highlight age-appropriate titles.

Special Instructions:

  • Newer Kindle Fire devices (8th Generation and later): Visit the hoopla help page and tap "Amazon Basics" for steps to install. For generations 6-7, hoopla is available from the Amazon App Store.

Try the Curiosity Stream BingePass (7 days' unlimited web access)

A Note on hoopla Content

Classic/foreign/independent films, documentaries, and educational videos (30 "tickets" per month,three-day loan period. Ticket values vary per title.). Includes selections from the Criterion/Janus collection, Music Box Films, A24 and PBS. | Apps

"Kids' Mode" available to highlight age-appropriate titles.

Includes content from The Great Courses.

Full issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and National Geographic Traveler (2010-present). Maps, videos and images. Also try National Geographic Kids.

Our newspaper & magazine links have moved!

Visit and bookmark our new Online Newsstand for quicker access to full newspapers, such as:

  • The Chicago Tribune
  • The Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Daily Herald
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post

As well as thousands more magazines & newspapers from:

  • Libby Magazines
  • Flipster
  • PressReader

Borrow a Roku Streaming Media Player and stream thousands of movies and TV shows on your HDTV.

You will need an HDTV with an available HDMI port, a high-speed internet connection and an electrical outlet within reach of the Roku's power cable.  

Both the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick media players are now available at the Tech Help Desk.