eBook Basics

Get started downloading eBooks & eAudiobooks from the library.

The library has several downloadable eBook & eAudiobook services:

Axis 360 eBooks icon 
 Axis 360 - eBooks & eAudiobooks
 Enki eBooks icon
 Enki Library - eBooks
 Hoopla logo
Hoopla - eBooks, Comics & eAudiobooks.
More information about Hoopla can be found on the
Streaming Video web page.  
OverDrive eBooks icon OverDrive (Northern California Digital Library) - eBooks & eAudiobooks
Total BooX - eBooks

Which eBook services work with your device?
eBook & eAudiobook Compatibility Guide (PDF)

  • Several other library eBook collections can be read online right inside your web browser without downloading or special software: A-Z List of eBook Services.
  • You'll need your Palo Alto library card number (full 14 digits) to check out and download eBooks and eAudiobooks.
  • eBooks & eAudiobooks check out for up to 21 days.
  • eBooks automatically expire at the end of the loan period so you'll never accrue late fees!
  • Browse or search for eBooks directly inside each service's website.
  • eBooks can also be found by searching the catalog.  The catalog will show all library options, regardless of format or which eBook service provides the title.

Details by Device:

Smartphones &



PCs & Macs

eBook Readers

A-Z List of
eBook Services


Accessible eBooks for the visually impaired:

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2015