Ebooks & Downloadable Audiobooks

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A leading provider of web-based digital, technical, and business reference content, containing thousands of digitized "best-in-class" reference books, research reports, documentation, and articles.

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Provides access to hundreds of downloadable digital full-text e-books. Includes classic literature, reference, scholarly monographs, literature, and fiction.

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Thousands of full-text, electronic books on the most-studied subjects such as: alternative medicine, anthropology,  architectural history, art, biographies, diseases,  education, folklore, genetics, geography,  family history, fiction, landforms,  literature, photography, political science, recording industry, religion, social change, sports, travel, urban planning.  Some in downloadable PDF format. Includes:  encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries and travel guides.

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Available via the Internet

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a collection of over 4000 historical and contemporary children’s books in more than 50 languages (including bilingual books) from around the world. Titles must be read online for copyright reasons, but the site is designed specifically for children and is very easy to navigate. They also provide an application for use with iPhone and iPad.

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Available via the Internet
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The Internet Archive (IA) is a non-profit digital library offering permanent access to collections of digitized materials, including books (more than 250,000 texts from Canadian libraries), websites, audio, and moving images. The IA also provides specialized services for the blind and other persons with disabilities. EBooks can be easily downloaded in a variety of formats including ePub, PDF, Daisy, Kindle and DjVu.

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Free Resource

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 books. All eBooks can be easily downloaded: choose between ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text formats.

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For younger kids

An online collection of talking picture books for children to use by themselves or with an adult. Makes reading a multi-sensory experience with text, animation, music and narration. Also includes books and games in French and Spanish.

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For kids and teens - grades 7 and up

Online collection of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, audiobooks, popular graphic novels, and National Geographic videos. Over 600 titles are available with unlimited access, all the time, on your computer or mobile device with an internet.

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For kids in grades 3-8

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, all the time, on your computer or mobile device with an internet. connection.

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A great selection of popular fiction and non-fiction ebooks (EPUB & PDF) and audiobooks (MP3 & WMA) are available through VPL to Go. Titles can be downloaded to your computer and transferred to a portable device. Check your ereader or player for compatibility.

For more information, see our Guide.

Get the OverDrive Media Console app and download EPUB and MP3 files direct to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile Devices.

In order to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from this collection, you will need to use a Vancouver Public Library card and live in the city of Vancouver.

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A kids-only collection of popular Juvenile fiction and non-fiction eBooks (EPUB & PDF) and audiobooks (MP3 & WMA) are available through VPL to Go. Browse through kids-only titles by reading level, by grade, or by subject.


In order to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from this collection, you will need to use a Vancouver Public Library card and live in the city of Vancouver.

Access from home for Vancouver Residents

A teens-only collection of popular Young Adult fiction and non-fiction eBooks (EPUB & PDF) and audiobooks (MP3 & WMA) are available through VPL to Go. Browse by subject or by what’s trending in Young Adult eBooks.


In order to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks from this collection, you will need to use a Vancouver Public Library card and live in the city of Vancouver.

Electronic resources are restricted by license agreements to Vancouver Public Library card holders and to on-site users for purposes of research and private study. A few additional electronic resources are limited to City of Vancouver residents when using from home. Commercial use and systematic downloading, copying or distributing of information are expressly prohibited. Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.

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