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Amazon's Kindle eReaders are also not supported by OverDrive in Canada.

If you are purchasing an eReader to use with the library's free downloading services, please ensure the make and model appear on OverDrive's list of compatible devices.

Read eBooks, including novels, non-fiction, and how-to books on your computer, or make them portable by transferring them to your eReader.  You will need your Elgin County Library card to 'borrow' these books.

Downloadable eBooks can be enjoyed at home, at work, or when you travel, and can be downloaded at home. Click here to read about setup requirements before you begin.



Mainly fiction & bestsellers

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• Click on the Help link for step-by-step instructions on installing and registering free software, borrowing and downloading items.
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Mainly nonfiction & how-to books


Access eBooks on EBSCOhost
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More information about eBooks on EBSCOhost

eBooks on EBSCOhost cover a broad range of topics from literary fiction to business, medicine, computers,  history, and psychology. There is also a public domain collection featuring literary classics that are available free to everyone.

Creating an Account

You will need an EBSCOhost account to access the books in our collection. To create an account, go to EBSCOhost and start by clicking “Sign In” from the upper right corner of the screen. Select "Create a Free Account" and fill out the form. You only need to do this once; but please, remember your user name and password for future reference!


Sample Subjects & Series

• Resumés • Information Technology
• Job Hunting • Business
• Cliffs Notes • Travel
• Harold Bloom • Science
• Complete Idiot's Guides • Classic Literature... and more!

eBooks are available on all public computers in the branch libraries, where you can read online through a Web browser. If you have a computer at home, you can download eBooks for use on an eReader device.

Only 1 person may check out an eBook at any given time. If you receive a message that an eBook is unavailable, you can place a hold to be notified when the book is returned.

eBooks on EBSCOhost and the Library Catalogue

eBooks available in Elgin County Library's collection are also searchable through the library's online catalogue.

Click on the link within the catalogue record that says "See details". This will link you directly to eBooks on EBSCOhost.

Download eBooks from Project Gutenberg

Another great source for free eBooks is Project Gutenberg. The books that are available through this service are older titles that are no longer under copyright protection. If you are a student, you will likely find access to a lot of the materials you may need to read for English class! Books are available in simple text, HTML and ePub formats.

Guide to Free eBooks


  • Download Centre @ Elgin County Library
  • NetLibrary @ Elgin County Library
  • Project Gutenburg
  • Google Books
  • Great Books and Classics
  • Distributed Proofreaders

    Read the full guide

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