Find eBooks easily.

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 19, 2013
Sep 192013

Have a new eReader, smartphone, or tablet, and looking for eBooks to read? Or are you looking for a classic book for free? There are plenty of places to find them, including the Northern Onondaga Public Library. With 3M Cloud Library, Overdrive, and other online resources, you can find many great books online.


If you are looking to borrow a new best seller, 3M Cloud Library is the first place to look. The service is the newest addition to our library collection, and features the latest from Khaled Hosseini, Daniel Silva, Carl Hiaasen, and Neil Gaiman. You can borrow and read the books for three weeks using an app available for PCs, Macs, most smart phones or tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire. Simply download the app, pick out the Onondaga County Public Library system via the dropdown list, and then browse, check-out, and read books. The app allows you to add bookmarks and write notes. If a book is checked out, you can add it to your hold list immediately.

3/31/2015  3M Cloud App update: MacOS App Update – On March 31st  users of the 3M Cloud Library Mac OS app will be automatically receiving an update to our latest version, which contains bug fixes, including compatibility for Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7. If it does not automatically update, you may download it from the 3M website at We recommend to those who download and re-install the app uninstall any older versions of the app first.


Overdrive also has thousands of eBooks to borrow. If the book you want to read is not in the 3M Cloud Library, it could be here. The program also lets you download into different formats (even readable for the Kindle) or read it off your web browser. Overdrive features books by E.L James and James Patterson, and many more, and the borrowing time is three weeks. For both the 3M Cloud Library and Overdrive, you need a NOPL or OCPL library card and pin number.


TumbleBooks have animated talking books, read-alongs, programmed playlists (organized by grade or reading level), games and more. The books are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Books can be read online or downloaded! Many items made for iPad.

There are numerous places you can find free eBooks to keep. One of most comprehensive free eBook sites is Project Gutenberg. The site has over 43,000 free public domain eBooks, which you can either download or read online. If there is a famous book that was published prior to the 1930s, like “Moby Dick”, “Sense and Sensibility”, or “Hamlet”, chances are you will find a free copy here. Wikisource (a sister site of Wikipedia) has many public domain books to read and download, and Google’s Play Store also features a large free eBook collection.

If you want to buy an eBook, Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Amazon’s Kindle Store are the most popular places to go.  Prices fluctuate, but most sell for around $10.

The Onondaga County Public Library has a great list of more places to look, as well as instructions on how to use the library’s eBook programs.