eBooks & Downloadable Audio Books

eBooks & eAudiobooks that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Resources available at Hayward Public Library

Northern California Digital Library (Overdrive) - eBooks and eAudiobooks. Now available for Kindle, iPods, and most other eReaders and digital devices. Bestselling and popular eBooks and eAudiobooks to view, listen, & download. Enroll online with your Hayward Library card. Get step-by-step instructions to learn how to download ebooks onto your device.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Encyclopedias and other reference sources, plus career planning, crafts, test prep, and more!

Enki library - Califa, a not-for-profit membership cooperative serving libraries in California, and Contra Costa County Library partnered to co-develop this open source eBook Network, shared by, and accessible to multiple library systems in California. Enki includes ebooks from smaller and independent publishers in formats that work with most e-readers, with the exception of Kindle.

RBDigital - Dowloadable audiobooks for portable media players, including iPods.

hoopla - Stream music, movies, books, and audiobooks

EBSCO - Free access from any Internet-enabled computer to books on computers, business, resumes and careers, travel, science projects, Cliffs Notes, and more. Log in with your library card number - no need to create an account.

eBook/eAudiobook Checkout Information

  • Checkout Limits: Most services allow you to check out 10 titles at a time. Some eBooks are read online and do not require checkout.

  • Loan Period: 21 days, unless you choose a shorter checkout time.

  • Renewals: Most services allow renewal or re-checkout if there are no holds.

  • Holds: can be placed on all digital content titles that can be checked out.

  • Early Returns: Many services allow early returns. Look for a "Return" button in the app or website.

  • Digital Account Information: log in to your OverDrive, enki, OneClickDigital or EbscoHost account to see the status of your digital check-outs.

  • Fines: There are NO fines for digital content and the title is returned automatically.

Additional Resources

Project Gutenberg - Thousands of titles of works in the public domain (out of copyright) in both eBook and eAudiobook formats are available at this site.

OpenLibrary - A free, digital lending library of over 2 million eBooks that can be read in a browser or downloaded for reading off-line. OpenLibrary is a project of the Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded provide permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format.

International Children’s Digital Library - Illustrated children's books in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Farsi, Chinese and Vietnamese.

LibriVox - eAudiobooks from the public domain are recorded for this free site by volunteers.

For more information contact the Main Library at 510-293-8685 or Weekes Branch Library at 510-782-2155.