Alameda County Library provides free access to electronic books and audiobooks. These electronic books can be accessed from home; the audiobooks can be downloaded for listening at home.
To use eBooks and audiobooks you will need:
- An Alameda County Library card.
- Access to the Internet.
- The appropriate software for the device on which you wish to access the digital book.
To find an ebook or eAudiobook, select the ebook program you would like to search (NetLibrary, Safari, Tumblebooks, etc.)from the list below, log in with your Alameda County Library card, then search for your title. Titles are listed in our catalog but note that you must return to this page, select a program and log in with your library card.
Learning Express Library - Practice taking tests online for the ACT, SAT, GED and other academic exams. Tests also include civil service, military, law enforcement, real estate, other career exams and the U.S. Citizenship Test. You will need to register to create a free account with Learning Express Library so you can access your own exams on repeat visits from your home or in the library. Learning Express now has eBooks on employment and tests. Some ebooks are available in Spanish.
NetLibrary eBooks & eAudioBooks
NetLibrary’s ebook collection includes a wide variety of general interest titles along with Cliffs Notes, Nolo self-help law books, computer books, and career books. These titles are "checked out" to read online (not downloadable). CHECK OUT period is 21 days and may be renewed once for another 21 days.
To find an ebook or eAudiobook, select the NetLibrary link above, log in with your Alameda County Library card, then search for your title. Titles are listed in our catalog but you must return to this page, select NetLibrary and log in with your library card.
NetLibrary’s eAudiobook titles have both fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children including best-sellers, book club favorites, timeless classics and award- winning literature. Titles may be downloaded with a variety of devices. A list of compatible devices are maintained here. About 50% of the titles are available for iPods. Just note the icons listed in the title’s “Show details” which tells you which devices may or may not be used and the format.
There are no waiting periods for any titles. A name and password of your choice is required for eAudiobooks. Look for the “Create a Free Account” link in the upper right of the NetLibrary homepage.
Downloading ebooks to a portable device:
PDF (a free Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF)
NetLibrary Media Center downloads are for home use only. Library computers may not be used to download eAudiobooks.
Supported operating systems:
- Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or later,
- Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later
Media Center is designed and supported for use with the above operating systems. It is not designed or supported for use with other operating systems, earlier Microsoft operating systems, or Apple or Linux-based computers.
Safari Books Online
Full-text of thousands of computing, science, digital arts and expert reference titles from leading publishers such as O’Reilly, Peachpit, Adobe Press and more. It is not necessary to create an account, although you will need your Alameda County Library card to access these books. These digital books can only be read while you are online.
LibriVox - Provides free audiobooks from the public domain. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then releases the audio files back onto the net (podcast and catalog). The objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. Librivox is a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
Tumblebooks Library Edition
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.
TumbleTalkingBooks are ebooks for adults, teens and children. TTB contains mysteries, sci-fi, westerns, romance, classic, non-fiction and more.
TumbleTalkingBooks allows you to listen to or download your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online, bookmark your spot, or download the book and access your books offline at your convenience.
You can download the books to any PC/MAC laptop, notebook, desktop, and to Android tablets. Downloads are for a 90-day loan period and you may borrow as many books at the same time as you like! You will first have to download the free TumblePad 2.0 reading software.
Please note: TumbleTalkingBooks cannot be downloaded to iPods, mp3 players or copied to a CD.