All Henrico County facilities, including Libraries, are closed Tuesday, August 4 due to inclement weather. Curbside holds pickup will not be available.
Fairfield, Libbie Mill, North Park, Tuckahoe, Twin Hickory, and Varina libraries are open to the public with limited hours and occupancy. Additional locations will reopen soon in our next phase. We are offering contactless holds pickup, new online programs and storytimes, digital library cards, and more. Details here.

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Getting Started with eBooks

Getting-Started-with-Ebooks

The library offers eBooks and audiobooks that you can access online and enjoy on all kinds of devices. Read on to learn more about how to get started, and how to find eBooks, audiobooks, e-magazines, and children’s books that fit your interests - free from HCPL.

Here you’ll find short summaries of our online sources for reading materials, along with information on how to use them on your device. If you have further questions about getting started with eBooks, call your local library for help during business hours.

OverDrive and Libby: Ebooks and Audiobooks

OverDrive contains the library’s largest collection of eBooks, from classics to the latest bestsellers. You can check out up to 25 titles at a time on OverDrive, and keep your eBook for up to 21 days. Titles can be renewed, and there may be a waitlist for popular titles. We love to recommend the Libby app from OverDrive for devices running iOS, Android, and Windows 10, as it provides a modern, easy-to-use interface. If you’ve recently signed up for a digital card from HCPL, you can use OverDrive and Libby.

Quick Guides: Libby App - Kindle - Nook

Help from Overdrive

Hoopla

Hoopla provides instant checkout – no holds lists – for up to seven items per month from its growing collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music, TV shows, and movies. Checkout periods vary by item format. You can use the Hoopla app on most tablets, mobile devices, and smart TVs.

Quick Guide: Using Hoopla

Help from Hoopla

RBDigital

RBDigital provides access to hundreds of popular magazines, both current and back issues, with no waiting lists. It also provides eBooks and audiobooks, with a checkout period of 21 days. There may be a waiting list for some popular eBook and audiobook titles on RBDIgital. You can use the RBDigital app with most tablets and smartphones, and for the best experience, we encourage using the app to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks.

Quick Guides: Using RBDigital Magazines - Using RBDigital Ebooks and Audiobooks

Help from RBdigital

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks has made its collection of children’s eBooks and all-ages audiobooks available for free to libraries closed due to COVID-19. Thanks to their generosity, you can access this resource through August. On Tumblebooks, you can check out as many books as you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads - books are available instantly. Log in using the credentials below that were provided for HCPL users.

TumbleBooks: K-6 Childrens ebooks
Username: tumble735
Password: books

TumbleMath: K-6 Math ebooks
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Teen Book Cloud: grade 7-12 ebooks
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Audio Book Cloud: all ages audiobooks
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

Other sources of free eBooks

If you are somewhat tech-savvy and want to take a deeper dive into classic literature in the eBook format, check out the below resources for public-domain eBooks.

Project Gutenberg—Most of the over 36,000 eBooks are in the public domain, including many classics.
Open Library—Over 1,000,000 free eBook titles available.
International Children's Digital Library—Over 4,000 children's eBooks in more than 55 languages.

Online Resources for Teens
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