The Library offers access to eBooks from the following sources:
Wondering which eBooks are compatible with which devices? View a Device Compatibility chart.
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.
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.
How to access: At the Web site above, sign in with your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number. Follow the Getting Started or MyHelp instructions to check out and download titles or place holds on titles that are currently checked out.
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 Web site above, sign in with your 14-digit Sunnyvale Library card number.
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. Any visitor to Open Library can create a free account and access a collection of approximately 10,000 titles, but participating library members (including Sunnyvale Library) have access to nearly 100,000 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.
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.
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 site from within the Sunnyvale Library Web site. The site requires the Flash plug-in to view and hear the animations.
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 site 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 site or do a keyword catalog search using the terms "California digital textbooks".