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.
OverDrive introduced a special collection of eBooks for Kids to make it easy for parents to find content by age or grade level.
OverDrive Read-Alongs now available for picture book content. Watch the story unfold and read-along with OverDrive!
Amazon's Kindle eReaders are not supported by OverDrive in Canada, but you can use Kindle Fire with ePub editions of eBooks. Similarly, NOOK users have reported being unable to register their devices without a US billing address.
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. Please contact the vendor before making a purchase if you have any concerns about whether the device can be used to download eBooks in Canada.
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.
Mainly fiction & bestsellers
- Go to the Download Centre
- Click on the Help link for step-by-step instructions on installing and registering free software, borrowing and downloading items.
- Download Centre Help
- View a list of compatible portable devices
- Help videos for devices
Mainly nonfiction & how-to books
GUIDE TO FREE EBOOKS
- Download Centre @ Elgin County Library
- EBSCO eBooks @ Elgin County Library
- Project Gutenburg
- Google Books
- Great Books and Classics
- Distributed Proofreaders
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
- Job Hunting
- Cliffs Notes
- Complete Idiot's Guides
- Harold Bloom
- Information Technology
- 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.