e-Books and Digital Media

Browse our huge collection of ebooks, eaudio and emusic here. All you need is a Worcester Public Library card to borrow these items. Scroll down for a detailed description, help pages and instruction guides for each of these resources.  


Web Browser

Desktop Handheld

+ Holds

Loan Length Renewals Returns



Read + Listen

Read with Adobe Digital Editions, listen with Overdrive App

Download to read + listen in app  7
5 Holds

1-3 weeks for ebooks +audio,
Up to 1 week for video

1 renewal*

Automatic + early returns

Axis 360


Read with Adobe Digital Editions

Download to read + listen in App

5 Holds

2 weeks

1 renewal

Automatic + early returns



Stream all media


Stream or Download to listen/read/watch

4 /month

3 weeks for books + audio
1 week for music
3 days for TV    


Automatic + early Returns

Download music to computer or transfer to device


Download to App.  Song downloads to music library for android users

2 /week


No renewal needed

No return needed
RB Digital

n/a Listen with RB Digital Media Manager Download to listen in App 10
3 Holds
3 weeks


Automatic + early returns

RB Digital Magazine



Read + Checkout


Read in App Unlimited Unlimited

No renewal needed


*if no holds on title

e-Books, Audiobooks and e-Video

If you would like to read a book on your Kindle, Nook, Sony, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or other e-reader, smart phone or computer, start with OverDrive. If you'd like to check out one of the library's e-readers please click here

OverDrive: ebooks, audiobooks & video 
1. Instructions for ebooks: all devices| Nook| Kindle eReader | Kindle Fire
2. Instructions for MP3 Audiobooks
3. Overdrive FAQ
4. Guided Tour: online tutorials
5. Overdrive Help

http://cec.masslibsystem.org/cec/home  (CEC Libguide)

 *MLS will discontinue the Commonwealth E-book Collections (biblioboard, axis360, and EBL) on June 30th.  They plan to migrate selected Axis 360 content to Overdrive.  Please stay tuned for more information. *

Streaming Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks

a Netflix-like service for library card holders, is a new way to stream and temporarily download movies, music and TV shows ,on demand and for free through the library. Content is always available without waitlists. No queues. No late fees. Instant access. Automatic returns.

  • Limit : 4 items a month, resets 1st of the month
  • Check out: eBooks - 21 days, Movies & TV:  3 days, Music: 7 days, Audiobooks: 21 days

(You need to create an account first by clicking on Sign Up.)


If you would like to download an audiobook to your mp3 player or your computer, start with RB digital. (Use your Worcester Public Library card to log in.) You will need to create an account to log in.

1. Instructions for MP3 Audiobooks

2. Now, you can contact the patron support team at RB digital directly with your questions. Contact them by phone at 1-877-77-AUDIO or by email .

3. For Mac users, see Mac instructions.

NOTE: If you currently download encrypted WMA titles using the RB digital Media Manager or download encrypted eAudio manually (as Zip files) you will no longer be able to do so as of 7/13/2015.

If you would like to view tutorials for using RB Digital's Services on your device, please click here .

  • Don't have a player?  Borrow Playaway , portable players with preloaded full length audiobooks



This music download service offers hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog. You can download two songs per week to your computer and then add the song to your personal music player.

Read Freegal FAQs  to get started.


RBdigital Magazine Value Collection for Libraries (formerly ZINIO)

RBDigital magazines for Libraries, is a digital service where you can read full-color magazines online on desktops and mobile devices.  Worcester Public Library subscribes to 50 popular titles. Create an account by clicking on the image and you can browse, checkout , read magazines in your browser and download to mobile apps. Once you checkout a magazine you may keep it as long as you wish. Back issues are also available.

Mobile users: Zinio has merged with RBDigital. Please download the new RBDigital app on your mobile device. Your username/password remains the same and you have the flexibility of switching between RBDigital audiobooks and magazines within the same app if you add both profiles to the new app.

Magazines Overview - click here 

Combined Audio & Magazines App overview - click here

Web-based eBooks

If you would like to listen to or read a book on your computer choose Tumblebooks.

Access 150+ animated, talking picture books, 90 language learning books, 37 TumbleReadables, and 22 audio books for preschools and elementary schools.

Read-alongs and chapter books for middle schools and high schools.


    eReference Books

    If you would like to do some research online, try the following (use your Worcester Public Library card to log in):

    Free eBooks and eAudiobooks



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