The Library offers access to eBooks from the following sources:
Each eBook provider has a different interface and rules for borrowing and downloading. Read on for instructions on how to begin using these resources and which eBooks provider might suit your needs.
The answers to the most frequently asked questions and troubleshooting issues are available on each site. Please check the Instructions, Help, FAQs, or Troubleshooting pages of each site for the most up-to-date information, including current system requirements. Contact a Librarian at the Information/Reference Desk at (408) 730-7300, option 5, if you need further assistance or have other questions about eBooks.
Don't have an eReader? Try one of Sunnyvale Public Library's NOOK Touch eReaders. The NOOKS are pre-loaded with popular titles from different genres, including fiction, science fiction, romance, mystery, and non-fiction. NOOKS can be checked out for three weeks and can be reserved through our library catalog -- just like printed books. This is a great opportunity to test out an eReader before purchasing your own.
Read more about the Library's NOOK lending program.
Northern California Digital Library, powered by OverDrive, contains hundreds of popular titles for reading or listening, both fiction and nonfiction as well as a selection of classical music for free download.
Digital books are available in eBook formats (Adobe ePUB, PDF, and Kindle) that may be downloaded to your PC, laptop, or appropriate eReader device. Audio eBooks (MP3 and WMA) are also available and can be downloaded and listened to on your computer or transferred to a digital music player (MP3 player). In some cases, depending on license agreements with individual publishers, Audio eBooks may be burned onto blank CDs. See the Digital Book Help page for system requirements and download instructions. Free software may be required and can be downloaded through the site.
Up to eight titles at a time may be "checked out" for up to a three-week loan from your own computer or from any library computer. These titles are separate from your Sunnyvale Library account and do not count toward those checkout or hold limits. eBooks may not be downloaded to library computers.
Download Sunnyvale Public Library instructions for how to get started with OverDrive and a Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, NOOK HD, and Android phones and tablets. The instructions assume that OverDrive Media Console has already been downloaded to the device and that the app is authorized with a free account on Adobe.com.
How to access: At the website above, sign in with your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. For help checking out and downloading titles or placing holds on titles that are currently checked out, please visit OverDrive's Help Page.
Stream popular digital magazines online on a computer or download them to a smartphone or tablet using the mobile app for offline reading. Titles include Entertainment Weekly, Mental Floss, Newsweek, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated and much more.
How to access: Visit Flipster, enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number and begin browsing available magazines. Click on the magazine cover and enjoy.
If you would like to read a Flipster magazine on your iOS or Android mobile device or tablet, you will need to visit your App store, download the Flipster app and follow the instructions at Flipster's help website.
Zinio gives Sunnyvale Library customers the ability to checkout and download digital versions of print magazines for free. Examples include Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Elle, Macworld, O Magazine, Popular Science, and more!
How to access: You will need to create two accounts - one is a Zinio for Libraries account which lets you check out digital magazines from the Library collection. The other is a Zinio.com account which allows you to read digital magazines in your web browser or app. To get started, visit Zinio for Libraries, click on "Create New Account" in the upper right corner and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. Follow the prompts to enter your first name, last name, email address, and password, then click "Create Account." If you already created an account, click "Login" in the upper right corner instead. Then, select a magazine to checkout and click "Checkout." You will be prompted to start reading and asked to create your Zinio.com account. Visit the Zinio help website for assistance.
3M Cloud Library is one of the Library's eBook collections. Browse and check out popular fiction and non-fiction titles for kids, teens, and adults. Read on your tablet, Kindle Fire, iOS device, Android device or even your PC or Mac. Start reading on one device and continue on a different one. The 3M Cloud Library is not currently supported by Amazon for standard Kindle e-readers (Kindle Fire only).
How to access: At the above website, click "Login" and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number and PIN. Accept the terms and click "Login." Visit the 3M website for help getting started on your device.
Watch free popular streaming movies and TV shows and list en to music and audiobooks with hoopla. View or listen online or download the free app for your Android or iOS device and watch anytime.
How to access: Visit hoopla's website. New users must click "Sign Up" and create a new account. Click "Continue," then click "Sunnyvale Public Library." Type your 14-digit library card number and click "Continue." Type a valid email address twice, and type a password twice. Click "Continue." Returning users click "Log In" and provide an email address and password. Visit hoopla's support page for assistance.
InstantFlix for Libraries (powered by IndieFlix) brings engaging stories to movie lovers around the world. Find over 8,000 high quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV and web series from 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools. Watch movies on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser. Also available on Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.
How to access: To get started, visit InstantFlix for Libraries, click on "Create New Account" in the upper right corner and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. Follow the prompts to enter your first name, last name, email address, and password, then click "Create Account." If you already created an account with Zinio for Libraries, click "Login" in the upper right corner instead. Then, hover over a movie and click on the plus sign (+) in the lower right corner to "Add to MyList." Finally, click on your name in the upper right corner to view your selected movies. If you would like to watch using your Roku or Xbox, click here to find out how to setup.
Note: If you currently have a Zinio for Libraries account then your login information will be the same.
The Total BooX ebook collection is eclectic and growing weekly. You may choose from thousands of quality titles: from mysteries, romances, and science fiction to computers, science, self-help, and business; from quilting, crafts, travel, and cooking to spirituality, biography, memoir, and YA literature. All ebooks are always available, they never expire, and you can read them online or offline using your iPad, iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire (only HDX or newer) (not on a computer).
How to access: Use Chrome or Firefox to visit the Total BooX website. (Currently Internet Explorer 9 and prior versions are not supported.) Type your 14-digit library card number and PIN and click "Log In." Browse or search for titles, and click "Download" to check out a title. You will need to download the Total BooX app to your device to read the book. Get help from the Total BooX website:
Print material delivered in a digital format! Easily cross-search hundreds of reference titles and encyclopedias with content for children and adults in subjects like science, art, and hobbies like cooking and gardening.
How to access: At the website above, sign in with your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number.
Enki Library is an ebook platform created by Contra Costa County Library and funded by Califa and Bay Area libraries by working directly with a variety of publishers. The collection contains fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults and includes self-published titles from Smashwords. Checkout and read online or download to devices compatible with the ePub format. Not compatible with Kindle eReaders.
How to access: Visit enkilibrary.org, select Sunnyvale Public Library and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number and 8-digit birthdate (MMDDYYYY).
Borrow eBooks from a growing collection of mainly 20th Century titles. Each title can be borrowed by one patron at a time, and can be read in a web browser or in PDF or ePUB format and transferred to most popular eBook reading devices. A small number of titles are available in Kindle format. Visitors to Open Library can create a free account and access a growing collection of approximately 200,000 titles. Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive, a non-profit project attempting to build an Internet Library.
How to access: Visit the Open Library and register for a free Open Library account using the "Sign up" link. For specific instructions on reading, borrowing, or transferring books to an eBook reader, view the Frequently Asked Questions under 'About Us'.
EBSCOhost eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary) contains thousands of titles to read online, covering topics like business and careers, computers, literature, mathematics, research, science, test preparation, and much more.
All EBSCOhost eBook Collection eBooks and Audiobooks can be read online; some titles are downloadable. Only one user at a time may have access to a copy of an eBook.
Viewing EBSCOhost eBook Collection eBooks and eAudiobooks: You may view an eBook online, and as long as you turn a page every fifteen minutes, the book will be ‘open’ to you.
Checking out and downloading EBSCOhost eBook Collection eBooks and eAudiobooks: If you wish to make sure that a particular title is available to you for up to one week, you may check out the book to your account (see instructions below for creating an account). To find titles that can be downloaded, click on the Advanced Search link, then limit the format to downloadable eBooks.
How to access: Click here to access EBSCOhost eBooks. Click here to access EBSCOhost Audiobooks. Enter your Sunnyvale Library card number when prompted. Optional: Create an individual account for use in the check out and download feature. Use this username and password on later visits to manage your checked out titles.
e-Discover the Classics from Project Gutenberg contains nearly 500 of the most popular classic titles, harvested from the Project Gutenberg site, courtesy of the Colorado Library Consortium. These “classics” (ebooks and audiobooks) include such titles as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and many more. All are available for free download from our online catalog,or they can be read online. Project Gutenberg features public domain and other freely accessible works.
These digital books may be read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable devices. Files are offered in several formats that work for many devices. Format and device information is available here: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenberg:MobileReader_Devices_How-To
How to access: Link to the above site or do a keyword catalog search using the terms "Sunnyvale Gutenberg". Choose the title you want and from the bibliographic record click on the “Connect to” or "Available Online" link. You may select the Download tab and choose the format associated with your eReader or other device. You may keep the downloaded title.
Click here for an explanation of format definitions.
Download eAudiobooks and eBooks from Recorded Books OneClickdigital Classics Collection to your PCs, eReaders and mobile devices. Enjoy tales from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Jack London and more.
How to Access: To get started, visit OneClickdigital, click on "Create New Account" in the upper right corner and enter your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number and all other information requested. Visit the OneClickDigital help website for more help getting started.
Safari Tech Books Online is a fully-searchable e-reference library that houses a vast collection of technical books from industry-leading publishers. Read books cover to cover online, or flip directly to the answer or code sample you need.
For detailed information on advanced searching techniques, including searches for code fragments, visit the Help page at the Safari Tech Books site.
How to access:
Enter your Sunnyvale Library card number and PIN number when prompted.
is an eBook collection covering computer science and information technology. This resource is useful for finding programming, how-to books and technical manuals for network administration, operating systems, database management, and other IT topics.
How to access: Register your account on your first visit.
Enter your email address twice and click "I agree." Next, you will need to check your email to get your temporary password. Return to Books 24x7
and login with your username (which is your email address) and temporary password. You will then be prompted to change your password upon login. Click "I agree" to continue. Take a virtual tour to learn how to use Books 24x7.
TumbleBook Library (e-books for e-kids!™) is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
How to access: Link to the above website from within the Sunnyvale Library website. The site requires the Flash plug-in to view and hear the animations. Mobile devices will get redirected to a mobile version of the site. If accessing TumbleBooks from home, you will be asked to enter your 14-digit Library Card number at least the first time you access the page.
Missions of California provides information about life in the twenty-one Spanish missions of California. The colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text are perfect for school reports or travelers visiting the missions.
How to access: Link to the above website or do a keyword catalog search using the terms "California missions". Limit the format to eBooks. To open a selected book, enter "missions" for both username and password when prompted.
California Digital Textbooks
consists of a collection of eBooks made available to view online by the California Free Digital Textbook Initiative. This Initiative was created to provide students, teachers and parents access to free digital high school textbooks that meet California's rigorous academic content standards.
How to access:
Link to the above website or do a keyword catalog search using the terms "California digital textbooks".