Downloadable Books

The Library, as part of the LION Consortium, subscribes to a service called OverDrive which allows users to download audio and e-books. Search the OverDrive Catalog for available titles.

What to do:

  1. Browse and search for titles.
  2. Add titles to your cart, and check out. Please have your Guilford Free Library card ready.
  3. Download to a computer.
  4. Transfer the title to your device.

Before browsing for titles at an OverDrive-powered site, you’ll need to install free required software on your computer/device.

Why doesn’t the Library have the ebook I want to read? Three of the six major publishers and their respective imprints have not yet made their eBooks available to libraries. Not all titles are available in digital format; many publishers do not release digital simultaneously with print. The American Library Association is engaged in discussions with book publishers to remedy this situation.

For audio books, install the Overdrive Media Console

For eBooks, install Adobe Digital Editions

For Kindles, read Public Library Books for Kindle

For BlackBerry, Android & iPhone and iPad install the Overdrive App, or search for the OverDrive App in the iTunes Store or Android Market.

For detailed instructions about your device, link to “My Help Beta

Supported Devices

Select “eBook” or “Portable Devices” and the appropriate format

– Policies: eBooks circulate for 10 days, Audio Books for 14 days.  A combined total of four downloaded titles may be on your account at once.  Titles may be requested if they are charged out, and you will be notified by email when they become available. E-books may be returned early, but audiobooks may not.

Audiobooks Through the State Library

– iConn audiobooks:

The Connecticut State Library offers a selection of reference e-books at their site

For audiobooks from the Connecticut State Library, click here.  Apps are available for the iphone, ipad, Android device and Kindle Fire.


Freading:  a new option for downloading ebooks.

Freading is an additional collection of ebooks now available through the library.  All titles are always available, no need to place a hold.

Click here to go the the Freading downloadable ebooks site

Click here for instructions for Freading.