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E-Books

Why can't I borrow my favorite e-book from the library?

We are often asked why the library doesn't subscribe to an e-book service. We do want to offer as many e-books as we can to our patrons. However, e-books are still a relatively new resource and some publishers are still working out policies and programs that will allow sales to libraries.

There are many factors we must consider in our purchasing decisions. Policies and prices vary and are constantly changing, making it difficult for libraries to purchase e-books. For example, some publishers:

  • don't sell any e-books to libraries.
  • sell e-books to libraries, but at inflated prices-up to three times higher (or more).
  • put restrictions on e-book usage, such as the number of times an e-book can be checked out and the length a library can "own" the e-book.
  • will not sell popular new releases to libraries.
  • allow only one patron to borrow a specific e-book title at a time.

Rest assured, we are investigating how we can best integrate e-books into our collection within our budget. In the meantime, please enjoy these FREE e-book resources!

  • Amazon Kindle Top 100 Free Best Sellers in Kindle Store
    The free titles are in the right hand column. Updated hourly.
  • Baen Free Library
    Baen Books is now making available - for free - a number of its titles in electronic format.
  • Barnes & Noble Free NOOK Books
    Browse for free e-books by subject.
  • Bibliotastic
    Bibliotastic publishes free ebooks by independent authors.
  • Bookboon
    Bookboon.com provides 1000+ free eBooks. You can download textbooks and business books in PDF format without registration. The books are financed by a few in-book ads.
  • DigiLibraries
    DigiLibraries.com offers a digital source of free eBooks for any taste, a vast range of titles in digital format and our free eBooks collection is growing all the time. To download free ebooks just browse the various categories on the left or simply use the search box.
  • Digital Book Index
    Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.
  • Feed Books
    Discover thousands of eBooks, including new releases and the best collection of free public domain books, that you can read on any mobile device.
  • Free E-books.net
    Free-ebooks.net provides a search tool for discovering free ebooks and magazines to download. The site requires a membership, however there are several membership levels including a free one which limits you to 5 PDF downloads or 5 eBook downloads per month.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Library Resource)
    With electronic reference books from Gale, patrons can instantly access thousands of eBooks on virtually any subject. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7.
  • Good Reads
    eBooks on GoodReads, many with free downloads available. Look for the buttons that say, "download ebook."
  • Google Books
    Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.
  • Google Play Store Free Books
    Choose from millions of titles on Google Play including new releases, New York Times best sellers, up-and-coming authors, and free books.
  • Internet Archive Ebook and Texts Archive
    Search by key word, author, title, or within a specific category. These titles are free to read, download and print, with a few restrictions on commercial or bulk usage.
  • Just Free Books
    A search engine to find only free ebooks.
  • Many Books.net
    There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free!
  • Obooko
    hundreds of ebooks available in a wide range of genres and categories
  • Open Culture
    This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your iPad/iPhone, Kindle, Nook or other devices. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Open Library
    Access over 1,000,000 eBooks through Open Library.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. These ebooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired.
  • We Give Books
    We Give Books is a digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. All of the books available for online reading are children's picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. You must create an account to access the free e-books.