eBooks and Audiobooks

The Bill Memorial Library offers free downloadable E-books, audiobooks, and magazines through Overdrive and Libby.

Free, downloadable e-books are also available through DPLA’s Open Bookshelf.

Major newspapers and magazines are available through researchIT CT.

 

OverDrive

OverDrive makes E-books, audiobooks, and downloadable magazines available on your computer or mobile devices. It is in the process of being retired in favor of the new, improved app Libby.

If you are a current user of OverDrive, you can continue to use it until it is phased out in early 2023. However, it is no longer available to download. Upgrade to Libby today to continue enjoying your loans, holds, and wish list items! Need help? Call us or visit for assistance downloading and installing Libby, or watch these great videos.

Patrons new to the ebook and digital audiobook universe, see Libby below!

Libby, by OverDrive

Libby is a free, friendly, easy-to-use app for your smartphone or tablet that lets you borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. You can even use it on more than one device! Just answer a few quick questions to start, and Libby will remember you, where you leave off, and your reading preferences.You can select the audience, genre, publication date, format, language, availability, and more. You don’t even have to remember a password!

  1. Download the Libby app.
  2. Find our Library:
    1. Search for Bill Memorial Library, and select the library “Library Connection, Inc. Bill Memorial Library”
  3. Sign in:
    1. Who issued your library card? Choose that library from the list.
    2. Enter your card number
    3. Tap “Sign In”
  4. Choose whether to have books open automatically on your Kindle. (Please note, Kindle Fire is not supported. See below for more options and information.*)
  5. Browse, search, and check out or reserve! It’s that easy!

*If your device does not support downloading apps, you can visit the website for Libby and access your account and downloadable materials there.

Need help? Call us or visit for assistance downloading and installing Libby, or watch these great videos.

Here’s a list of over 3,000 magazine titles now available through OverDrive and Libby!

Want even better news? Magazine checkouts don’t count toward your total number of checkouts! Happy reading!

Open Bookshelf

Open Bookshelf is a collection of open source and public domain material in ebook format made possible by the Digital Public Library of America. This program is completely free and allows you to access downloadable ebooks – no account required! The books are downloaded directly to your device and are your to keep.

To get started, follow these simple instructions:

Download the SimplyE App for Android or iOS.
Open the app, click “Select Your Library”, and select “Digital Public Library of America” as your library.
Find a book to read!

Newspapers and Magazines through the CT State Library

The CT State Library gives free access to some of the most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers. Unfortunately, the New London newspaper The Day is not one of them, but you can read (among others) The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Hartford Courant.

For today’s news:

  • Complete the steps above.
  • Click “Advanced Search”
  • In the drop-down menu next to Publication date, select “On this date…”
  • Enter today’s date and click “Search”

 

For Magazines: go to ResearchIT CT and click one of the links on the left under Resources for magazines geared toward different age groups.

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