eBook FAQ

In the time of COVID-19, we know a lot of people are looking for eBooks.

Library patrons can still check out eBooks, magazines and audiobooks through OverDrive and we are actively working to increase the materials available to our patrons on this platform.

Available for iPhone®, iPad®, Android, Chromebook, Windows 8 & 10, Kindle Fire HD.

  Google Play Store     Apple Store


Logging in:  Just a reminder, that you need to input all digits of your library card number (no spaces) and your pin number is normally the last 4 digits of your phone number.

OverDrive allows you to search not only what it in the SAILS network, but other networks in the state including:

Boston Public Library, CLAMS, CW MARS, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, Minuteman Library Network, NOBLE: North of Boston Library Exchange and Old Colony Library Network.

Don't have a library card? We can help with that! Get an e-card here


Free E-books- no library card needed
Project Gutenberg contains over 60,000 free books for checkout. Read in epub, Kindle or download online. No registration to use, no apps, required. Search ability by genre, author, and title.
Internet Archive contains millions of free books, movies, music.
LibriVox contains thousands of free audiobooks, many classics.


Instructions and a list of compatible devices can be found on the SAILS website.


Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Why doesn’t the library buy every best selling title in eBook format?

Not all publishers will sell eBooks to libraries and library consortia.  As of January 2012, we are unable to purchase new releases from Penguin (eBook and audio book) or any title by Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette, and Brilliance Audio.  Harper-Collins requires that we purchase a new copy of a title after 26 uses.

Why do I have to wait for an eBook?  Aren’t these virtual?

Libraries have to purchase an eBook in the same way they purchase physical books.  The publishers require us to abide by one copy/one user model just as we do with physical books.  We try to anticipate which titles will be popular by purchasing extra copies but we don’t have the funds to buy enough copies to fill every patron request immediately.