Downloadable Audio, eBooks & more

The Library makes ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and streaming and downloadable music and videos available from a variety of sources. 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 Research - Arts & Literature.

Getting Started with eBooks
Getting Started with eAudiobooks
Getting Started with Streaming Video

Books for Download | Books Available Online | Magazines | Music | Video

Audiobooks & eBooks for Download

Exclusive Recorded Books Audiobooks Collection (formerly OneClickdigital)

The RBdigital eAudiobooks collection has about 10,000 titles, including best-sellers from Recorded Books (multi-access), the Great Courses, Pimsleur Language Programs, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Penguin Random House. There are titles for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults.

RBdigital eAudiobooks are compatible with most digital audio players, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Look for the RBdigital app in your app store. Tutorial videos, support, and Frequently Asked Questions are also available on the Help page.

The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection has ebooks and eAudiobooks for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults.

OverDrive titles are compatible with most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Kindles.

Two apps are available: The OverDrive app and Libby.

Visit the dedicated reading rooms for kids and teens:
Kids Reading Room:
Teens Reading Room:

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

The cloudLibrary (formerly 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 cloudLibrary app for your chosen device.
Find a complete device list and download links on the cloudLibrary app page.
Visit the support page for help getting started.
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 cloudLibrary website.

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
  • 8 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 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.

eBooks Available Online

Books 24/7 IT Pro offers a robust collection of ebooks, videos and instructional content to support your computer learning needs. Stay up to date with software productivity tools, graphic design software, database management and networking, and more.

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.

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. Note: Access to Safari Books will end on January 31, 2018.

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.

Read books on a wide variety of science and technology topics online. Grades 4-9.

eMagazines Available Online and for Download

Check out and read magazines using RBdigital eMagazines (formerly Zinio for Libraries).
  • view the SCPL magazine collection using a web browser on your computer or mobile device
  • click the "Create New Account" link and follow the instructions
  • select magazines by clicking on the cover, then clicking "Checkout"
  • read your magazines online using a browser reader or download the "RBdigital" mobile app and manage your magazines offline

Music for Streaming and Download

hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, audiobooks, and music. Items are available for streaming or temporary download on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Thousands of titles are available. Sign up with your email address, then use your library card number and pin to check them out.

Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local Music Collection is a growing archive of locally produced albums available FREE for our community. Through this partnership with Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios we are dedicated to supporting local musicians and building our collection with the richness and talent that makes our community so unique. Explore the online archive, discover new musicians, stream and download, borrow and renew.

Video for Streaming and Download

hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, audiobooks, and music. Items are available for streaming or temporary download on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Thousands of titles are available. Sign up with your email address, then use your library card number and pin to check them out.

Kanopy Streaming Video. Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. Users can view 8 films per month with their account. Mobile apps and a Roku channel are available.

With over 1,200 films, is the largest online catalog made up of classical music programs. It features the greatest artists and composers, and associates with great orchestras and concert halls around the world in order to broadcast live and free of charge some of the greatest musical events on the internet and its mobile applications.

Interactive videos on a wide variety of science and technology topics for grades 4-9.