eBooks & More

New Collection: zinio for libraries

Check out our downloadable eBook, audiobook, and music collections! For more help with devices and downloading, see our Computers & Technology subject guide.

Known Technical Issues – Updated November 3, 2014 – Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 and privacy

Our Digital Collections

3M Cloud Library

 An eBook lending service that offers thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. The Cloud Library is an easy way to browse and check out eBooks, place holds and return titles.     Help
GVPL Library to Go A collection of popular downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all ages, available to residents of the Greater Victoria Public Library service area.     Help     FAQs
hoopla A digital media service that allows you to borrow free movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, music, and audiobooks. You borrow hoopla titles via a browser, smartphone or tablet (iOS 6 and select Android devices).  As you will note when reading the hoopla terms of use and privacy policy, when you create a hoopla account your email address, hoopla password, library barcode and password, and the date of your last login are stored in the U.S. (passwords are stored in encrypted form). Not available at GVPL locations.  FAQs

zinio for libraries

 Current issues of popular magazines: news, business, entertainment, fashion, and more…. Read instantly on your computer, download to your tablet, or phone. Please note: When you create a zinio for libraries account your email address, account password, library barcode and name will be stored in the US (passwords are stored in encrypted form).
Freegal Music A collection of popular MP3 music.  Allows residents of the Greater Victoria Public Library service area to download 5 songs each week and keep them permanently at no charge.
TumbleBooks Animated picture books, novels, and classics with sound, music and narration as well as read-along titles for students from K-12 and ESL. Read these books online or listen as they are read aloud – not downloadable. [Requires Flash]    FAQs
TumbleBookCloud Formerly TumbleReadables. Read-along books for students K-12. Great for reluctant readers and ESL. Read these books online or listen as they are read aloud – not downloadable. [Requires Flash]     FAQs
Gale Virtual Reference A selection of reference eBooks. Includes encyclopedias, medical reference titles, and more.
KnowBC.com Contains The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia, and Far West: The Story of British Columbia, as well as other eBooks about British Columbia’s social, political, and natural history.
AudioBookCloud.com Audiobooks for all ages. Sign in and you can stream contemporary fiction, nonfiction and English and American classics (with some Spanish translations). Plays, including Shakespeare are also part of the collection. There is no software to download and the books are always available. AudioBookCloud is configured for mobile devices. [RequiresFlash]     FAQ
Biblioenfants.com  Livres d’images animés et parlants, comprenant des albums pour enfants, des romans jeunesse et romans classiques, des jeux et des vidéos instructifs ainsi qu’une section pour apprendre les langues. S’addresse aux jeunes depuis la maternelle jusqu’à fin secondaire. Le texte ajustable apparaît surligné lors de la narration. Outil parfait pour encourager la lecture et pour les étudiants de langue seconde. [Flash est nécessaire]

Alternative Free eBook Sources

Free section of online eBook stores

Online eBookstores like Kobo, Kindle, and Sony, will have a free section that includes classics, but will also have newer free content by less well-known authors and novellas by better-known authors.

Project Gutenberg Canada

eBooks that are in the Canadian public domain. They are largely classics or historical works, including early children’s books.

Baen Free Library

Science fiction/fantasy publisher who voluntarily makes a selection of the titles available as free eBooks.

Open Library

Over 1 million eBooks browsable by author, subject, or list. Mainly 20th century titles, includes all of Project Gutenberg’s titles along with hundreds of thousands of others as well as talking books in Daisy format for people with print disabilities.

Google Books

Nearly 2 million free ebooks that are in the public domain. Try their ‘Free Literary Classics’ shelf for some of the most popular free classics.


Harlequin’s eBook site allows you to download 18 titles for free, although you are requested to fill in a short survey


Includes free and for sale titles, fiction and non-fiction. Many Smashwords authors have been previously published in print through mainstream publishers.

Cambridge Digital Library

For something more esoteric, including Sir Isaac Newton’s Papers, Islamic Manuscripts; or access Digital Image Collection links to the Gutenberg Bible, among other interesting items.

Books on the Knob (blog)

A mixed bag of bargain books, free eBooks and book reviews. Also has tips, daily deals, coupon codes and low priced bundles.


A subset of Project Gutenberg, with more than 29,000 free eBooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and most other ereaders.