Let Us Download! Get Started with eBooks, Magazines, Music and Movies

December 23, 2015 | Kelli

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Toronto Public Library has a fantastic selection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and television shows available which can be downloaded or streamed on smartphones, tablets and computers.  

For most items, the downloaded computer file will either disappear or just stop working after the borrowing period has ended.  The borrowed book, music or movie does not need to be returned and there are never any fines.   If you are new to these digital collections, please get started with our eBooks & Digital Content: Start Here webpage.


eBooks and Audiobooks from OverDrive

OverDrive eBook and eAudiobooks can be borrowed for 21 days.   Fiction and non-fiction books and audiobooks are available for children, teens and adults.  The maximum number of checkouts at any one time is 30.  The maximum number of holds is also 30.  OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks can not be renewed. 

Smartphones and tablets from major electronics manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, Windows etc.) are compatible with OverDrive. Kobo eReaders are also compatible.  Of the Amazon Kindles, only the Kindle Fire will work with OverDrive in Canada.  Also, there have been some compatibility problems with the new Nook Glowlight Plus.   Adobe has a full list of eReaders that are compatible with the Adobe Digital Editions desktop software needed to transfer an eBook to an eReader.

Here are a few of the many popular books available through OverDrive:

All the light we cannot see Life-changing magic of tidying up Make Me Martian Why not me

If you are new to OverDrive, please read through our Getting Started with Library eBooks webpage and have a look at the guide for your specific device.


Audiobooks from OneClickdigital

OneClickdigital is another source of audiobooks available with your Toronto Public Library card.  Like the audiobooks from OverDrive, the borrowing period is 21 days. You can checkout 10 audiobooks and have 15 on hold at any one time.  There are no renewals.

Here are a few of the popular audiobooks found through OneClickdigital:

Dear Life Orenda Outlander Steve Jobs Yes Please

OneClickdigital audiobooks require a separate account and different software from OverDrive audiobooks.  If you have not used this service before, please download our OneClickdigital User Guide (PDF), and/or have a look at the help section of the OneClickdigital website.  


Magazines from Zinio eMagazines

Zinio eMagazines offers more than 500 different magazines to checkout and enjoy.  In addition to many popular English-language magazines, there are magazines in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.  There are also English-language magazines from India and the Philippines.  You can borrow as many magazines as you would like and you can keep them for as long as you want.  Awesome, eh? 

Here are a few of the popular magazines available through Zinio:

Canadian Living Economist National Geographic Rolling Stone Vanity Fair

 Are you new to Zinio eMagazines?  If so, please have a look at our Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage. 


Movies, Music, Television and Comics from Hoopla

Hoopla has a great collection of movies, television shows, music, graphic books and comics.  They can be streamed on your computer's web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.) or enjoyed offline by downloading to your smartphone or tablet.

With a valid library card, customers can checkout 8 Hoopla items per calendar month.  Television shows and movies are borrowed for 3 days, music for 7 days and graphic books and comics for 21 days.  There are no holds needed in Hoopla.  The items in this collection are always available to borrow.

Here are some of the popular items available through Hoopla:


Amy Back in Time Bridget Jones' Diary Ex Machina Muppet Christmas


Eloise Inspector Lewis Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred Small Island Walking the Bible


Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd Christmas Frank Sinatra Reloaded Blake Shelton Star Wars Force Awakens We Love Disney

Comics and Graphic Books:

Garfield's Cheesey Holiday Special Justice League Vol 1 Origin Mecha-Nation Androidology Issue 1 Minions issue 1 Saga Vol 1

Are you new to Hoopla?  If so, please read through our Getting Started with Hoopla webpage 


Still have questions or need help using these service? Attend an eBook or Online Movies and Magazines program at one of our branches or ask at your local branch about the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.