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eBooks & Digital Audiobooks

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eBook Collections

NEW! Open Access Romance ebooks (no library card needed):

RomanceBookCloud Over 1,700 ebooks in every Romance subgenre from historical and holiday to paranormal and sci-fi/fantasy.

Our regular collections (library card needed):

Fast Read Ebooks

Fast Read Ebooks is much like our Fast Read print collection. It consists of new and popular titles. Up to 2 titles can be checked out for 7 days at a time. When you finish an ebook, just return it and check out another. Items will also automatically return after 7 days. You cannot place holds on titles in this collection - which is good news, no waiting lists. Still, only those titles not currently checked out are available. You do need to be a resident of Vancouver to use this collection. Fast Reads: How To

VPL to Go

A collection of thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks for adults, young adults and children.  Accessible directly through the VPL catalogue, or through the dedicated VPL to Go interface. Includes the Teen Reading Room and Kids Reading Room.  You need to be a resident of Vancouver to use this collection. VPL to Go: How To

NEW! Want popular titles right now? Check out OverDrive's growing Express Collection of ebooks and eaudio. First come, first served access to our most popular digital titles. Borrow up to 2 Express titles at a time for a shortened loan period of 7 days. These copies don't accept holds. Currently checked out titles are hidden from view, so check here often to see which titles are available.


Vancouver Indie Authors Collection

Vancouver Indie Authors Collection

A new collection of self-published books by local authors. These books can be checked out using the Odilo platform. For more information on using Odilo, please see this tutorial. For more information on the submitting your own book to the Vancouver Indie Author Collection, please see the submission page.


Livres Numériques

Une collection de plus de 5 000 livres numériques français d'éditeurs canadiens et européens. Comprend fiction/littérature, histoire, biographie, voyage, cuisine, éducation, titres de sciences politiques et sociales pour adultes, jeunes adultes et enfants. Disponible pour tout le monde avec une carte VPL, peu importe où vous vivez.

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A collection of more than 5,000 French eBooks from Canadian and European publishers. Includes fiction / literature, history, biography, travel, cooking, education, political and social science titles for adults, young adults, and children.  Available to everyone with a VPL card no matter where you live.

See our FAQ

Read in Your Browser

Read in your browser - no extra logins or apps required!

You can now borrow eBooks and begin reading in seconds - no additional downloads, passwords, or software is necessary. Simply find an ebook title in the VPL catalogue and you'll be reading from your browser within seconds!

OverDrive Read

OverDrive Read is a quick way to get started reading eBooks in the browser of your mobile device or laptop / desktop. You can save individual eBooks as bookmarks or home screen shortcuts, and they'll be there, ready to read, even when you're not connected to the internet. 

Not sure if your eBook is compatible with OverDrive Read?

Look for theOverDrive Read >> link. Find out more about OverDrive Read.

Download eBooks

Since each collection behaves differently, both in and of itself and dependent on the device you use, for instructions on downloading a particular title take a look at the instructions for the collection the ebook belongs to.

eBooks For Kids & Teens


For younger kids

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of talking picture books for kids. Reading becomes a multi-sensory experience with text, animation, music and narration. Also includes books and games in French and Spanish.


For kids in grades 3-8

TumbleBook Cloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-alongs, early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books and National Geographic videos. All 600 titles are available with unlimited access on your computer or mobile device with an internet connection.


For kids and teens - grades 7 and up

TeenBook Cloud is an online collection of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, audiobooks, popular graphic novels, and National Geographic videos. Unlimited access from any device with an internet connection.

International Digital Children's Library is a collection of historical and contemporary children’s books in over 50 languages. The site is designed specifically for children and very is easy to navigate. Titles are read online only. Also provided is an application for use with iPhone or iPad.

Public Domain eBooks

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with access to digitized collections of books, websites, audio, and moving images.  It also provides specialized services for the blind and other persons with disabilities. EBooks can be downloaded in a variety of formats including EPUB, PDF, Kindle.

Project Gutenberg is a collection of more than 32,000 free eBooks in English and other languages. Most of the items in this collection are the full texts of public domain (out of copyright) books. All eBooks can be easily downloaded: choose between ePub, HTML and simple text formats.