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eBooks, AudioBooks, Music and Magazines at Hartford Public Library are available 24-7, whenever you’re online. Our digital collection includes electronic books, music, audiobooks and magazines that you can check out to use on your computer or portable device. Before you are able to use these materials on some devices, you may need to download software that allows your computer or device to correctly process the files. Please note in order to download ebooks, audiobooks, music and magazines you must have a full-service Hartford Public Library card



Through Overdrive you can download e-books from the Library's collection that can be viewed on your computer or transferred to a Kindle, NOOK, Sony Reader, iPad and many other portable devices. There are never overdue books or late fees - titles automatically return to the Library's collection after 7 or 14 days. Start browsing our collection here!

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Audiobooks and eBooks

Access eAudioBooks and eBooks now through OneClickdigital from Recorded Books. All the titles will play on an iPod, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Apps now available for Android and Kindle Fire. You will need to set up a new user account to use the service. Enjoy!





Freegal MusicThe Freegal Music Service is a download music service that the Hartford Public Library offers, free of charge, for use by  library cardholders. With Freegal Music 4.0, every library cardholder can download 3 songs per week and stream up to 3 hours per day. 



 Zinio is an unlimited, simultaneous use digital newsstand. This high quality service is the same as that used by many consumers to access magazines in their digital form, but is now available for library customers through Recorded Books Digital.  Now you can view full digital copies of your favorite magazines! Choose from 150 titles to read online, or download to your computer or mobile device. Digital magazines are full-print, full-color (including advertisements) - exactly like the print magazine, with bonus interactive elements in many magazines.

To access this collection, you need to create an account with Recorded Books and a separate account with Zinio.  Readers can view the magazines on a variety of devices, and can download the magazine so that it can be enjoyed for offline reading. Currently, Zinio is not available for Nook tablets.

Titles in the Hartford Public Library collection


IndieFlix is a new streaming independent movie service available for library customers through Recorded Books Digital.  Choose from over 4,500 award-wining shorts, features and documentaries from more than 50 countries.  Selections include the best of many film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca.  To access this collection, you will need to set up an account with IndieFlix and Recorded Books; you can use the same password if you have an existing account with RBDigital . Films can be viewed on Apple, Android, and all Internet-enabled devices.


 With Freegal Movies, library cardholders can stream 3 movies or TV per week with unlimited simultaneous access to all titles 24/7.  Apps available for Apple and Android devices.


Worldcrunch newspaper database offers unlimited access to  English-translated news from leading global media outlets in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.  Articles are available in English or the original language and are easily viewed on any internet-enabled device.  One account with RBdigital provides access to Worldcrunch  global newspapers, Zinio digital magazines  and IndieFlix movies. A Hartford Public Library card is required to access these databases.