Fremont offers access to thousands of digital downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks, and music which you can enjoy on your computer, MP3 player, e-reader (such as a Kindle or Nook), or smart device such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry.

What are digital downloads?

Digital downloads refer to library materials that come in an electronic form that you can check out and load onto your own personal electronic device.  They include e-books that you can read on your device, as well as e-audiobooks and digital music that you can listen to on your device. 

What is an e-book?

An e-book (or “electronic book”) is a digital version of a book which can be checked out and viewed on your computer, and in some cases, transferred to an electronic device such as an e-book reader, tablet or smartphone.

What is an e-audiobook?

An e-audiobook (or “electronic audiobook”) is a sound recording of a book that can be downloaded and listened to on your computer or transferred to a portable listening device such as an MP3 player, iPod, or smartphone.

How do e-books and e-audiobooks work?

The library's e-books and e-audiobooks work just like all other library materials.  You can:

  • Check out digital titles for a specific period of time
  • Place holds on titles that are currently unavailable
  • Return digital materials when you are finished with them

However, there are also some differences between digital materials and traditional library materials.  For instance:

  • You don’t need to come to the library to get digital materials.  Instead, you can check out and download digital materials from the comfort of your own home.
  • You never actually have to return digital titles because they are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, eliminating the possibility of incurring late fees.

What is digital  music?

Digital music is music that can be downloaded and listened to on your computer or transferred to a portable listening device such as an MP3 player, iPod, or smartphone.

How does digital music work?

Digital music is different than any other library materials. The songs you download are yours to keep. You can download up to three free songs per week and unlike other library materials, they never have to be returned.

All you need to take advantage of these services is a Fremont Library card.

To learn more about the digital titles that Fremont has to offer as well as how to use the digital services we provide, visit our Getting Started page.