E-Books

The Inglewood Public Library is pleased to offer you free access to e-books (electronic books) which you can read using a computer, laptop, table or e-reader. These e-books are part of the library's Virtual Branch, available from your home or business 24/7. If you need assistance in accessing your e-books, please contact the Main Library's Adult Reference Desk when we are open at (310) 412-4280, chat with us on Facebook, or e-mail us. Thank you!

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Our most important reference books are now online; rather than searching the shelves, search here for information on important subjects. These e-books are also available as text-only or Adobe .pdf files. Here is a sample of just some of the titles available to you here or through our catalog:

  • The African American Almanac
  • American Decades
  • American Law Yearbook: A Guide to the Year's Major Legal Cases and Developments
  • Encyclopedia of Education
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/aml/PublicPatron/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Open Library
The Open Library is the best online library in the world. Through the Inglewood Public Library computers or WiFi network, you'll get access to borrow over 200,000 free e-books. Over a million e-books can be read online! Welcome to the future!
Borrowing available in the Library only; up to 5 e-books can be downloaded for 2 weeks to your flash drive, laptop, tablet or e-reader, through our computers or our WiFi network. Just create a free Open Library account and log in to enjoy a special set of over 200,000 e-books. Outside the Library, over a million e-books can be read online, but you won't be able to borrow them. NOTE - Open Library e-books require Adobe Digital Editions software; check this list to learn if your device is compatible.


Other E-Book Sites

Below you'll find a list of other free e-book and audio book sites on the Internet, recommended by your librarians for accuracy and usefulness. BE CAUTIOUS -- The Inglewood Public Library is not responsible for the content, quality, or accuracy of any materials referenced or linked through the Inglewood Public Library website. By using this website, you acknowledge and accept that the Library is not responsible for any materials stored on other Internet sites, nor it is liable for any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive, or illegal materials found on other Internet sites, and that the risk of injury from viewing, hearing, downloading, or storing such materials rests entirely with you, the user. Links to other sites on the Internet do not constitute an endorsement of the Inglewood Public Library; it is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content, quality, and accuracy of materials or information obtained from other sites.

The Audio Books Project
Project Gutenberg makes audio e-books available for some of the same great literature available in plain text. Their listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Books Should Be Free
Free audio books from the public domain; download a free audio book in mp3, iPod, or iTunes format.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Free Classic Audio Books
Digital Narration for the 21st Century.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

LibriVox
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Open Culture: The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web
Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Public Domain Audio Books
EJunto is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to bringing quality audiobooks to the public domain.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Voices in the Dark
Audio books and stories read aloud by real people for free!
Available anywhere through the Internet.