Downloadable Audio & eBooks


The library makes ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available from these sources: OneClickdigital, OverDrive, Safari, Tumblebooks for Kids, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Access to these services from outside the library will require a library card and PIN.

For public websites that provide free access to electronic and audio books, see Internet Resources - eBooks.


Available for Download


The hoopla digital collection

  • download or stream thousands of titles
  • smartphone, tablet, and computer compatible
  • check out movies and television for 3 days, music albums for 7 days, and audiobooks for 21 days
  • 10 titles per user per month

The hoopla app can be found in the iTunes App Store on your iOS device and in the Google Play store on your Android device. Search for "hoopla digital" to find and download the app.
Visit the hoopla support page for more information.



The 3M Cloud Library collection
  • log in with your library card number and pin
  • download eBooks to read on a variety of devices
  • transfer eBooks between devices -- even bookmarks will be saved
  • is compatible with PC, Mac, smart phones, iPad, and eReaders
Software Requirement: Download the 3M Cloud Library App for your chosen device.
Find a complete device list and download links on the 3M Cloud Library App page.
Visit the support page for help getting started and video instruction.
Please Note: The PC app asks you to log in with a "username" and password -- please use your library card number and pin, just like you would on the 3M website.


The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection
  • over 3000 audiobooks
  • over 2000 ebooks
  • 100 songs
  • compatible with PC, Mac, mobile devices such as iPhone and Android, and eReaders
Software requirement: Download the Media Console or read the Media Console Help Articles
See the Device Resource Center for a full list of compatible computer, ebook, and mobile devices
For help getting started with OverDrive, try the OverDrive Help page
Assistance is available by emailing elibrary@santacruzpl.org

Need help? Try our step-by-step PDF instructions.


The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons. Content is currently focused on smaller and independent publishers. Use the "Advanced Search" option to see a list of available subjects.
For more info, visit the enki help wiki.


The OneClickdigital collection

  • Recorded Books exclusive/subscriptions titles (unlimited usage)
    • 3200+ audiobooks for adults
    • 1300+ audiobooks for beginning readers, kids and young people
    • 100 Spanish titles
    • 100+ titles added annually since 2012
  • Distributed titles by major audio publishers (single usage)
    • 83 additional new titles added per quarter since 2012
    • Ongoing purchases based on patron requests and librarian selections
  • eBooks collection of classical literature and popular titles available with Adobe Digital Editions

Find a list of supported platforms and links to download the app on the OneClickdigital Help page.
Tutorial videos are also available on the Help page or see the list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Assistance is available by emailing support@oneclickdigital.com.


Available Online


The American Physical Society is a non-profit organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. These journals are now available online from inside the Santa Cruz Public Library Branches only. For a full list of journals, hover over the APS Journals menu item on the journal highlights page.


Outside the Library: BookFlix Access from Home
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for children in grades PreK-3. It pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks (some in Spanish). It includes read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words. Specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers.


Collection updated as of April 2012! Includes e-books on the following topics: General Reference, Education, History, Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.


A collection of online organizational encyclopedias from Gale, including the Encyclopedia of Associations and the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations. Use the search box to look for a particular organization. You can see what directories are available for search by clicking the "View Titles" link under "Directories available in this library."


Safari offers about 4,000 technology, digital media, and business books online. Books include titles published by Adobe Press, For Dummies, Microsoft Press, O’Reilly Press, Peachpit Press, Visual, and Que.


TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks--animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Also included are games and puzzles. TumbleBooks are created in flash animation. You will need the Flash plug-in for your browser and a computer set up for sound. If you find that you are unable to view the TumbleBooks at home, you may need to download the free plug-in for Flash animations.