eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and movies, and eReaders
Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, but some content is exclusively available to Portland Public Library cardholders.
Introducing hoopla, PPL’s newest digital borrowing platform that allows you to stream movies, television, music and audiobooks for free! Choose from thousands of Hollywood blockbusters, best selling authors and music artists and from an extensive catalog of educational materials, children’s titles, foreign films, and hard-to-find content.
hoopla is a division of Midwest Tape, a trusted name in the library world of audiotapes, movies and music. We selected their product for ease of use and the breadth of their content.
Have your Portland Public Library card handy and go to hoopladigital.com. Click on the Login button and follow their simple sign-up process.
That’s it! Once you sign in, you are set to begin borrowing. You can borrow up to 4 items per month. Loan periods vary depending on format — audiobooks for 21 days, movie and TV titles for 3 days, and music titles for 7 days. Try hoopla and let us know what you think!
Follow these instructions to get started.
“Always Available” eBooks
You can also download eBooks, for free and without due dates, that are out-of-copyright or “public domain” from these sources:
- Always Available eBooks on Overdrive uses the same site as the Download Library, but does not count towards your 3 item limit. Includes most of Project Gutenberg’s eBooks.
- Smashwords eBooks is the world’s largest distributor of indie eBooks, specializing in new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Requires registration.
- Librivox eAudiobooks
- ThoughtAudio.com eAudiobooks
- Librophile eBooks and eAudiobooks
- InkMesh is a free eBook search engine that helps you find free books and compare prices on paid content.
Try out eBooks on a PPL Nook eReader!
Try out the digital reading experience on one of PPL’s Nook Simple Touch eReaders that are pre-loaded with popular books and are available for the usual 3-week loan period. Choose the pre-loaded Nook that suits you – popular fiction, teen bestsellers, current science & nature titles, kid favorites & award-winners.
Les livres electroniques en francais!
La biblotheque a deux lecteurs de livres electroniques (Nook Simple Touch) avec plus de vingt livres electroniques en francais pour les francophones ou bien pour ceux qui aiment la langue francaise.
On peut les emprunter pour trois semaines (exactement comme les livres imprimes).