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 Humboldt County Library eMedia

As a service to our patrons, the Humboldt County Library is pleased to provide several digital collection options for ebook and audiobook downloads.  A brief overview follows with links for each collection to provide you with more detailed information and technical support.  

Overdrive Library To Go (fiction and non-fiction)
Access to this subscription service is restricted to Humboldt County Library cardholders.  Sign in with your library card to see ALL the books and audiobooks available to you.  (You see only some of the books until you sign in.)

Ebscohost eBooks - formerly NetLibrary (currently non-fiction only)
Access to this subscription service is available at the library to all users.  Offsite access is restricted to Humboldt County Library cardholders.

Public Domain Collections (fiction, non-fiction, music & videos)
These unrestricted sites provide access to emedia (including music and videos) in the public domain and are accessible to everyone both offsite and in the library.




To checkout and download you need:

  • A valid library card.

  • Internet access (using your own device, not on a Library workstation.)

  • A computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of materials you wish to download.                        
           List of Supported Audiobook Devices is available here.                        
           List of Supported eBook devices is available here.

  • Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials, which is available here.

  • For additional information check out the Quick Start Guide.  

Once you have downloaded the appropriate software you are ready to begin your search:

You are now ready to sign in, select and download items:         

  • Click on the SIGN IN tab.


  • Enter your Library Card number

  • Click on the MY CART tab where you will be prompted to begin browsing.

  • Choose the item you would like to download and add it to your CART.

  • Click DOWNLOAD and the Overdrive Media Console will launch.  











Find Ebsco eBooks on the Ebscohost website
On the Ebscohost page, you can search all of the Ebsco eBooks Humboldt Library subscribes to by keyword.  Or, you can browse by category and see the book covers as you do so.  These books may also be found by using the library catalog.

Note:  Humboldt's subscription does not empower us to use every function of Ebsco.  For example, we do not get audiobooks or fiction from Ebsco.  The Ebscohost page will let you search for them, but you will get a result of zero.  We do not have "download offline" permissions for Ebsco's eBooks; you must use an internet connection while you read them.

Find Ebsco eBooks on the Library Catalog
In the library catalog, you can create a list of eBooks by searching the call number "eBooks."   

You may also do an author, title, subject or keyword search for eBooks by using the Advanced Search and choosing the material type "eBooks." 

To spot an eBook in the catalog during ordinary searching, look for the image of a laptop with an "e" on the screen.    The call number  will be "eBooks."