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TumbleBook Library No Longer Available

November 30, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (0)

TumbleBook Library is no longer available. Please see OverDrive's read-along format for children. This growing collection currently has over 1,400 titles which include all the popular Robert Munsch works.

Robert Munsch Read alongs

OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks for Kids also includes picture books, Sesame Street and Disney titles, beginning readers and chapter books.


Get the Latest Tech and Business Books Online

January 20, 2016 | Joanne | Comments (0)

It is 2016 and technology is everywhere. How do you keep up with the latest developments? Safari Tech & Business Books Online can help.

Safari offers current ebook and videos from major publishers. New titles are generally added on a monthly basis. The publishers determine which titles are available to public library subscribers. 

How to use Safari

  1. Make sure you have a valid Toronto Public Library card
  2. Sign in through the Safari page ( on the Toronto Public Library website.
  3. Browse the books and videos. Unlike some other library ebook services, Safari has no waiting lists and no requirement to check books out. All content is always available.
  4. Read books or view videos on the Safari site in your web browser. Note: you must be connected to the internet; books and videos can't be downloaded for offline use.

What topics are covered

A wide range of topics are covered including software development, programming languages, digital media and design, web development, mobile apps, UX, certification, entrepreneurship, marketing, customer service, personal investing, finance and more.


           Java in a nutshell 9781449371296_s     Responsive Web Design 9781449363659_s     Sams teach yourself html9780133132397_s

            Mastering iOS Game Development 9781783554355_s   CCNA Security 210-260 certification 9780134077857_s   Customer Centric Marketing 9781119092896_s

            Six Sigma 9780749469504_s      Successful project management 9780761215684_s Adobe Photoshop Elements 9780134385358_s









Bringing Ebooks and Print Closer Together on the Library Website

January 5, 2016 | Sandra | Comments (8)

Are you an ebook reader, a print book reader, or both? For those of us who borrow both physical books and ebooks from the library, going back and forth between the main library website and the OverDrive ebook service can be inconvenient.

Why do we have to borrow ebooks through a separate site?

Like other libraries, TPL provides access to digital content through third-party vendors. These vendors (OverDrive, Hoopla, and others) negotiate rights with publishers and apply technical restrictions based on the licence agreements. This model places some limits on what libraries are able to do with their digital content.

The good news is that options for website integration exist, and we have started working on ways to take advantage of them.

One-stop search for electronic and print

One of our goals is to make it easier to find both print and ebooks through our main website search. We've always had catalogue records for both types of books, and we've recently done some additional work to make the search more useful.

Ebook availability: holds and copies

The first issue we tackled (in April 2015) was adding a key piece of missing information to our ebook records: the number of copies and the length of the waiting list (number of holds) for each title.

Having the holds and copies information right there on the search results page comes in very handy - you can easily see whether you'll be able to get the ebook right away, and you can compare waiting lists between the print and ebook versions.

Search relevance: bringing ebooks closer to the top of the results list

Another improvement we made this year involved adding data about ebook copies to our search engine's index. The number of copies the library owns helps determine which records appear at the top of your search results. When the search engine didn't know how many ebook copies we had, it would place the ebook records much lower down in results - below specialized formats like large print and talking book, and sometimes not even on the first page of results.

Now that the search engine has access to the number of ebook copies, ebooks turn up much closer to the top of the results - often right after the regular print version.

Future possibilities

These improvements are only the beginning. Future projects may include:

  • A single sign-in, eliminating the extra step of signing in to OverDrive
  • An integrated account where you can see all your physical and ebook checkouts and holds in one place
  • An app that brings everything together - searching (print and electronic), managing your account (print and electronic), and downloading and reading ebooks all in one place

In the meantime, we appreciate hearing your feedback about using ebooks - it helps us set priorities for the future.

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

December 23, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2)

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.

Streaming Audiobooks Now Available

June 25, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0)

The Toronto Public Library has two collections of electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks): OverDrive and OneClickdigital. For many years, these eAudiobooks have been available to download and play on personal computers, mp3 players, iPods, smartphones and tablets. Now these eAudiobooks can be streamed on computers and mobile devices as well.  

Streaming audiobooks are played in an Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.). OverDrive or OneClickdigital software are not needed. However, as the audiobooks have not been downloaded to the computer or device, streaming does require a constant Internet connection.

OverDrive: OverDrive ListenThe streaming feature in OverDrive is called OverDrive Listen. Using the OverDrive Listen formateAudiobooks can now be borrowed and played right in the browser of a library or home computer or mobile device.

After checking out an audiobook, click on the Listen button instead of the Download button. Then click on the Play button. At this time, not all eAudiobooks are available in this new format.

OverDrive Listen player

OneClickdigital: Streaming is available on all eAudiobooks in the OneClickdigital Collection. After clicking on the "Checkout Now!" button, click the play button located below the book cover. Another option is to click on the Chapters tab and click on the first chapter.

Outlander streaming

For customers using mobile devices, using cellular data for streaming or downloading is not recommended as multimedia content can consume a lot of bandwidth. All 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library offer free Wi-Fi.

User Guides are available to download for both these collections. For OverDrive, there is a general Getting Started with Audiobooks guide for those who want to download to their computers and transfer to an mp3 player or an iPod. For mobile device users, there are guides for using OverDrive on Apple and Android devices. There is also a new guide for using the OneClickdigital eAudiobook collection.

Featured Titles and Collections - Find Your Next Book

May 27, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (2)

Hellgoing Featured TitleIf you are a regular OverDrive user, you may have noticed the new Featured Title on the main OverDrive homepage. The Featured Title is selected from the many excellent and formerly popular eBooks that are in the collection, which now have copies available. Check our OverDrive website frequently to find those books you meant to read. 

Another great place to find your next book are the wonderful set of Featured Collections that are on the OverDrive website. Even if you are not an eBook user, have a look through these lists. You can always place a hold on the print copy instead. 

Want even more suggestions for something to read? Check out our We RecommendAward Winners, and Bestsellers lists.  

Here are a few of the Featured Collections available on our OverDrivewebsite:

Margaret Cannon's Crime Fiction Picks

Margaret Cannon's recommendations for new mysteries are a must for any mystery lover. They are published every few weeks in the Saturday Globe and Mail.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust Cobra Dreaming Spies Fifth Heart I am pilgrim

Hot Releases of 2015

At the water's edge Dead wake The Escape Mountain story Trigger warning

TPL Staff Picks

Boy in the moon Mary coin My real children Songs of willow frost Tower zoo tortoise

Top Books of 2014

Adult onset Innovators Invention of wings Martian Pearl that broke its shell

Browse the OneClickdigital Collection For Many Popular eAudiobooks

February 2, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0)

If you love the convenience of downloading audiobooks from OverDrive, be sure to have a look at the Toronto Public Library's OneClickdigital eAudiobooks collection as well.

Yes pleaseWhile this collection has many popular titles, probably the most popular at the moment is Amy Poehler's biography, Yes Please. Told through a collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and a haiku, Amy gives her thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and 'showbiz' and much more. 

If you can't decide between reading or listening to it, you should know that Amy is the one narrating the audiobook! How great it that!

Like OverDrive, you can borrow these audiobooks for up to 21 days. You do not need to return them, the audiobook file will stop working at the end of the borrowing period. You can have 15 audiobooks checked out at any one time and 10 on your holds list. 

Here are a few of the eAudiobooks available through OneClickdigital that you won't find in OverDrive:

Orenda One plus one Written in my own Ghost ship Cooked
Mrs lincoln's rival Invention of wings Americanah Bully pulpit Rosie project
And the mountain Otherwise engaged By Its Cover Doctor sleep To sell is human

To use the OneClickdigital eAudiobooks, you will need to create an OneClickdigital Account through the Toronto Public Library's OneClickdigital website. You will need a valid Toronto Public Library card to create this account.

After that, you will need to download the appropriate OneClickdigital software (OverDrive software will not work with these items). There is desktop software for both Windows and Apple computers as well as Apple and Android apps.

Sign into the software using the Username and password used when you created your OneClickdigital Account. If you are using a mobile device, here is a video to explain how the app works:

More tutorial videos are available from the Help section of the OneClickdigital website.

New to Library eBooks, eMagazines, eMusic and eMovies? Start here!

December 23, 2014 | Kelli | Comments (0)

If you haven’t heard yet, Toronto Public Library has a great selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movies and music available online. You can access them through OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, Zinio eMagazines and Hoopla.

The eBooks are available to borrow for 21 days. The downloaded file will stop working after the borrowing period has ended - no need to return the eBook. There are never any fines with eBooks. The eMagazines are free to download and they never expire - you can keep them for as long as you wish. Television shows and movies are available for 3 days and music albums for 7 days. Just like eBooks, the items will be returned automatically at the end of the borrowing period.

OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

To download and read OverDrive eBooks on a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) or eReader (like a Kobo Glo), you will need a few things:

Your-library-card1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

2. A supported device. Most devices from major electronics manufacturers are compatible with OverDrive. To make sure your device will work with library eBooks, check the OverDrive supported devices list for eReaders and for mobile devices. Please note that the Kindle Fire is the only Kindle that will work with OverDrive in Canada.

Appicon3. Software. OverDrive has created an OverDrive Media Console app for many devices, including Apple, Android, and Windows 8. Download and print the guide for your device from our Getting Started with Library eBooks webpage.

IndexIf you have a device to which software cannot be added (like a Kobo Glo), then you need to download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer and add the eBooks to your eReader through your computer. Look for the guide written specifically for your device. If you do not find one, then download the general Getting Started Using eBooks guide.

4. OverDrive Account or Adobe ID. OverDrive users with mobile devices will be prompted to create an OverDrive Account when first opening the OverDrive app. For those with eReaders who are downloading to Adobe Digital Editions, a free account with Adobe (an Adobe ID) is required. Visit Create An Adobe ID to set up your account.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Library eBooks: This webpage contains guides to using OverDrive based on the device (or operating system) you own. There are also links to step-by-step videos which demonstrate the set up of different devices for using OverDrive.

OverDrive Help and Support: OverDrive Help has many resources to help you answer questions and overcome problems when setting up your device. If you cannot find an answer there, contact OverDrive Support with the details of your problem and they will get back to you by email.

Still have questions? Attend an eBook program at one of our branches or ask staff at your local branch. Many branches offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


Zinio eMagazines

Like eBooks, to use the Zinio eMagazine service, you will need a few things to set up your computer or device.

1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

Zinio2. Software. Zinio Reader 4 is available for PC and Apple computers. It will download and install in your browser the first time you open a magazine. If you want to read offline on a mobile device, Zinio has apps for Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices.

IMPORTANT: When using Zinio eMagazines for the first time, you will need to set up two accounts. The first is with RB Digital, the provider of the Toronto Public Library's eMagazine collection. The second is with, the provider of the software to view the magazines. The email addresses used to create both accounts must be the same. If you already have an account with, then use the email address associated with that account when creating your RB Digital/TPL eMagazine account.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines webpage provides information on using this service, including a video from RB Digital demonstrating the steps involved in setting up the two accounts. There is also a Zinio User Guide that can be downloaded and printed and a FAQ section.

RB Digital Support is available if you have any difficulty with your TPL eMagazines account. If you have a problem with the ZinioReader software or Zinio apps, have a look at the Zinio Help pages or contact their support.

Still have questions? Attend a Zinio eMagazines class or ask staff at your local branch. Many branches now offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


Hoopla Movies and Music

You can borrow digital music and video to stream in your web browser or enjoy offline on your mobile device. Just a few steps to get there.

1. A valid library card. Sign in to Your Account to make sure your card is still active. If it needs to be renewed, please visit your local branch with required identification. If your library card is blocked due to fines, you can now pay your fines online.

Hoopla2. A supported device. Hoopla will work on updated web browsers.  Hoopla is also available as an app for iOS or Android smartphones and tablets. In both cases, you will need an internet connection.

3. Software. The  Google Widevine video player will need to be installed to be able to play video content in your web browser.  You will be prompted to install this software the first time you play a video from Hoopla.

4. Hoopla account. Before using Hoopla, you must create a separate account using your library card and an email address. Once you have signed up, select Toronto Public Library from the list of nearby libraries.

Help Resources:

Getting Started with Hoopla webpage has all the information to help get you started on using this service. If you still have questions, you can download our Hoopla User Guide (PDF) or visit Hoopla’s help page, particularly if there are any difficulties installing Widevine.

Our staff is always available to help you over the phone, web or in person. Many branches now offer the Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one help.


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