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Download e-books, audiobooks, music, video, talking picture books, and more. We can show you how to download free content, recommend what to read next, help you find great apps for kids, and more. Just ask us!

Getting Started: By Device

Amazon Kindle [PDF]
Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch [PDF]
Android (v4+) [PDF]
Android (v2.2 - v3.2) [PDF]
Windows 8 [PDF]
Nook/Nook Simple Touch [PDF]
Nook Color/Tablet/HD/HD+ [PDF]
PC [PDF] and Mac [PDF]
eBook Guide in Chinese [PDF]

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Popular Fiction and Nonfiction eBooks


A large selection of e-books, audiobooks, and video for use with a wide variety of e-readers, portable devices, PCs and Macs.

iTunes Store | Google Play

3M Cloud Library

A growing selection of e-books, for use with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android products and Windows PCs.  Download the app to get started.

iTunes Store | Google Play
3M Cloud Library Support

Digitized Books in HathiTrust

HathiTrust is a large-scale digital repository of content shared by more than 80 library partners. Its goal is to serve as both a secure and trusted repository of content, as well as a central point of access to that content. Currently, all NYPL items deposited in HathiTrust stem from NYPL’s partnership with Google for offsite book scanning.

Accessible eBooks

If you have a visual impairment, physical print disability, or Dyslexia, become a member of the Andrew Heiskell Library for free access to the BARD collection of e-audiobooks, e-audio magazines, and/or electronic braille. Download over 50,000 titles with no wait and keep them forever. These audiobooks can be played on a free app for iOS devices, on third party devices such as the Victor Reader, or on the free talking book player the library sends you when you register.

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BARD: Download Talking Books

For Kids

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. Story books, puzzles and games, audiobooks, and books in other languages.

TumbleBook Cloud is a collection of videos and chapter books in categories which include: e-books, Read-Alongs, Graphic Novels, Videos (from National Geographic), and audio books suitable for middle and high school grades. TumbleBook Cloud Jr has similar content suitable for elementary grades.

Bookflix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction e-books from Scholastic. (PreK - 3)

eBooks and Apps for Kids and Teens [PDF]

Digital Audio


Audiobooks and video for use with portable devices, PCs and Macs.




Listen online to audio books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, classics and even Spanish language audio books! There are 1,000 books in the collection. These books are always available, never on hold, and no need to download.



NYPL Podcast

The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. A beacon of books, ideas, and education in a city described as the cultural capital of the world, the Library hosts more than 55,000 programs annually. Listen to some of the most engaging and memorable recent programs, discover new ideas, and celebrate the best of today’s culture. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.


Freegal Music

Freegal is a music download service that allows Library cardholders to download three songs a week from the entire catalog of Sony Music. Patrons can browse by artist or genre and listen to sample clips. Freegal works with any mp3 device, including iPods.

eReading Room Blog

There are so many new ways to access books and other digital reading matter on personal computers and portable devices. How to keep up? Library staff offer tips and tricks to get the most out of free ebooks online and our own e-book services, and share occasional thoughts on the future of reading.

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