eBooks & Downloadables

Pasadena Public Library offers eBooks, Audiobooks, and music available to download for free through the  services listed below. Select the format you’re interested to see what we offer as well as to find help links for each service. Still have questions? Visit our Questions & Help page to ask us more!

eBooks & Audiobooks

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Libby

eBooks, Audiobooks, and digital magazines can be downloaded to your computer or an Android or iOS device via the Libby app. The library owns a set number of copies of each title, so you may have to place a hold and wait until a copy is “returned” before you can borrow it. Libby eBooks include titles for Kindle. The Libby app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and is available in a web browser at https://libbyapp.com

Libby is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card. Current checkout limits in Libby are 10 items (eBook and or audiobook) at any one time per Library account, and checkout period is 21 days. Checkouts in Libby are not renewable. Magazines (many of the most popular titles) are also available in digital form in Libby-and Libby magazines are available with no waitlists or holds, and  do not count against your checkout limits.

Help with Libby

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Cloud Library

The Cloud Library allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks. The newly redesigned app includes all new navigation and personalization, making it easier than ever to find eBooks or Audiobooks from your local public library. This app includes a fully functional reader allowing the user to read their ebook directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of their book across devices. It also includes an Audiobook player, allowing the user to download, play and listen to their books offline.

CloudLibrary is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card. Current checkout limits in CloudLibrary are 10 items (eBook and or audiobook) at any one time per Library account, and checkout period is 21 days. Checkouts in CloudLibrary are not renewable. The collection in CloudLibrary includes items belonging to other libraries available to check out with your Pasadena Public Library card. These items will display if they are available, and will not display if they are checked out. Holds cannot be placed on items available through the consortium, but can be placed on items belonging to the Pasadena Public Library.

Help with Cloud Library

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hoopla

Borrow and enjoy audiobooks, eBooks, and digital comics (as well as movies, TV, magazines, or music) everywhere you have a screen-your computer, your phone, your car, even your TV. All you need is a library card. hoopla syncs across all your devices, so you can stream titles immediately or whenever you're in the mood. Most titles can also be downloaded to your phone or tablet.  Titles may vary based on library catalog.

hoopla is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card. Current checkout limits for hoopla are 4 items total (of any format) in a calendar month. All hoopla items are available instantly without holds. Checkout periods are 21 days for eBooks, audiobooks and digital comics; 7 days for music; and 3 days for video (film or TV).

Help with hoopla

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Palace Project

The Palace Project provides access to eBooks and audiobooks in a shared, statewide collection built by libraries across California. Download the app for Apple iOS or Android to begin. Then, log in using your library card and choose from over 100,000 items, including many that are exclusive to the Palace Project.

The Palace Project is only available via mobile app.

Download the app:

Palace Project  allows checkout of an unlimited number of  items (eBook and or audiobook) at any one time per Library account, and checkout period is 21 days. Checkouts in Palace Project are not renewable.

Help with Palace Project

Music, Movies & More

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hoopla

Find eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming video (movies and TV), music, and digital comics and graphic novels anytime, from anywhere. When you go to hoopladigital.com for the first time, you will be asked to create a login (email and password), then you will select "Pasadena Public Library" and enter your Pasadena Public Library barcode. That's it! with the hoopla app or in your web browser on a computer, you'll be able to browse and check out content to read, listen and view!

hoopla is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card. Current checkout limits for hoopla are 4 items total (of any format) in a calendar month. All hoopla items are available instantly without holds. Checkout periods are 21 days for eBooks, audiobooks and digital comics; 7 days for music; and 3 days for video (film or TV).

Digital Magazines & Comics

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Flipster

 

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. Pasadena Public Library offers Consumer Reports via Flipster. You can access the monthly magazine and the annual Consumer Reports Buying Guide here, with your PPL library card.

 

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Libby

Magazines can be downloaded to your computer or an Android or iOS device via the Libby app.  Many popular titles, including The New Yorker, Cook's Illustrated, and US Weekly are available. Magazines are immediately available (no waitlists or holds), and magazines you read in Libby are not counted against your checkout limits. The Libby app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and is available in a web browser at https://libbyapp.com.

Libby is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card.

 


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hoopla

Find digital comics and graphic novels to check out and read--for all ages! From Big Nate to Watchmen, you're covered!

hoopla is an eMedia resource, available with a permanent or Guest library card only. EMedia are not available with a Temp Card. Current checkout limits for hoopla are 4 items total (of any format) in a calendar month. All hoopla items are available instantly without holds. Checkout periods are 21 days for eBooks, audiobooks and digital comics; 7 days for music; and 3 days for video (film or TV).

PPL Mobile

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While the Library app (PPL2GO) is no longer available, you can still use your mobile device to search, place holds and manage your account from our website.

The way to do this is to put a shortcut to the mobile version of the Library website on to your device. Visit PPL Mobile (cityofpasadena.net) and follow the prompt (or use the instructions here)

On your mobile device:

  • Navigate to the library home page (https://cityofpasadena.net/library) in a browser
  • Tap the "share" icon blue box with rounded corners and upward arrow in center ("share" icon)  (usually a box with an arrow pointing upward)
  • In the options menu, find and tap "Add to Home Screen"
  • The shortcut will look like the image at the top of this section. (Just like any app or tile on your device, you can rename it if you prefer)

 

 

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