TODAY'S TIP - NetLibrary eAudiobooks & eBooks

In addition to OverDrive, another way SFPL provides patrons with access to digital content is via NetLibrary. The collection provided by NetLibrary includes eAudiobooks (you listen to them) and eBooks (you read them) which can be downloaded to a computer that supports Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher, and transferred to a portable device. Note – only mp3 format eAudiobooks can be transferred to ipods.

To access NetLibrary, go to the San Francisco Public Library homepage, sfpl.org, and click on eMedia, then click on NetLibrary. NetLibrary titles can also be found by searching the catalog. Just look for the “eBook” or “Spoken eBook” icons to the right of the listing. Whether you access the content through the catalog or through the eMedia link, the first time you use NetLibrary for downloading you will have to register for a free account and install the NetLibrary Media Center.

You can check out 10 NetLibrary eAudiobooks at one time for 21 days, then the files will "time out" and no longer be playable. You can renew eAudiobooks once.

There are two different checkout periods for NetLibrary eBooks. Titles that can be read online-only can be checked out for 24 hours. Titles that can be downloaded to your computer or hand-held device can be checked out for 7 days. You cannot renew eBooks, but you can turn them in and check them out again. Only a limited number of pages can be printed from eBooks.

NetLibrary offers audiobooks and eBooks on a wide variety of topics for adults including many classic works and works in the public domain. There is also a large selection of language-learning materials. Titles are available for teens and children as well.

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