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.

The eBook and eAudiobook databases available through Alameda County Library are Learning ExpressSafari Tech BooksTumblebooksLibriVox,  and NetLibrary.

To use eBooks and audiobooks you 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, 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 the main library webpage , select a database and log in with your library card.

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).

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.  For the month of May 2010, for example, 29 eAudiobook titles have been added to NetLibrary’s collection.  There are currently 2157 eAudiobook titles available through NetLibrary.

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.

Among the 29 titles added to NetLibrary during the month of May 2010 are:

“Cat of the Century” by Rita Mae Brown, narrated by Kate Forbes

“Ulysses” by James, Joyce, narrated by Donat Donnelly

“The Teachings of Don Juan” by Carlos Castaneda, narrated by Luis Moreno

“Cottonwood Whispers” by Jennifer Erin Valent, narrated by Kate Forbes , and

“Warbreaker” by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by  James Yaegashi.