OpenLibrary

With OpenLibrary you can view or download over 2.7 million free classic eBooks from the Internet Archive, including great works in the public domain from over 600 libraries around the world. You can also check out over 100,000 newer eBooks for up to 2 weeks and read them in your web browser or on your computer with Adobe Digital Editions.  Many of the titles can also be transferred to a Nook or other ebook reader compatible with ePub or PDF formats.

Anyone in the world can use OpenLibrary, but your Cuyahoga Falls Library card gives you access to the growing collection of 100,000+ newer ebooks in the In-Library Lending program. Be sure to to use the link on this page to get to OpenLibrary, or just go to oplin.org/openlibrary. (You should see "PSST! Cuyahoga Falls Library is participating in the In Library lending program" at the top of the OpenLibrary web site.) If you want to bookmark OpenLibrary, bookmark the page you're reading now instead of bookmarking the OpenLibrary site.

How to use OpenLibrary

  1. Use one of the links on this page to get to OpenLibrary, or just go to oplin.org/go/openlibrary; if you don't, you won't have access to everything. (You should see "PSST! Cuyahoga Falls Library is participating in the In Library lending program" at the top of the OpenLibrary web site.) If you want to bookmark OpenLibrary, bookmark the page on our site that has a link to it instead of bookmarking the OpenLibrary site. If you're not in the library, you'll be asked for your library card number.
     
  2. Create an OpenLibrary account (if you haven't already) using the "sign up" link in the upper right.
     
  3. Look for ebooks using the search box and check "show only eBooks".
     
  4. On the resulting list of titles, click on a title you want to see its full record.
     
  5. You'll see what options you have for that title either in the right column under the cover image, or at the bottom of the page if there's more than one edition.

Options

  • Read: If a book is in the public domain, you'll see options to read it online or to download it in various formats.
     
  • Borrow: If the book is still under copyright and available as an ebook, you'll see a link for borrowing the ebook, with one or more of these options:

    eBook PDF, ePub or in browser: Borrow the book from OpenArchive

    eBook, local library via OverDrive: View the title in Overdrive's catalog and find a library to borrow it from. This includes many but not all of the Ohio eBook Project titles.

    physical copy, local using WorldCat: This will help you find a library nearby that has the book, but some libraries, including Cuyahoga Falls Library, are not listed in WorldCat.
     

  • Buy: For some books you will see links to Amazon and other places you can buy the book.

More Information

You can check out up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either on your computer (in your web browser) or as a PDF or ePub (using Adobe Digital Editions).

OpenLibrary is more than just ebooks. Its goal is to be a catalog of every book. Like Wikipedia, anyone can add to or edit the catalog, so you'll see edit buttons in various places.

You can use the Adobe Digital Editions software to read these ebooks on your computer.

Refer to OpenLibrary's About Us page for more information.