Topsfield Town Library
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e-Readers and e-Books

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Did you know you can borrow an e-reader from the library?
Click here to learn how!

Downloading e-Books Using Overdrive:

Overdrive is the digital download service offered by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, of which Topsfield is a member. Overdrive offers digital downloads of both e-book and audiobook titles. You may access Overdive from your home computer. All you need is your library card barcode number and an internet connection.

Overdrive Tutorials:

(Please note that these videos were created by libraries outside of our consortium, and therefore the Overdrive web addresses that they direct you to will be incorrect. You may access Overdrive by going to

Other resources for free e-books:

Safari Books is a database that the library subscribes to that offers downloads of audiobooks and e-books with a focus on technology, digital media, and professional development. Log-in using the same login ID and password that you use for the online catalog.

Project Gutenberg is a website that offers downloads of "classic" books whose copyright restrictions have expired. There are over 40,000 books available, in a variety of formats.

How to borrow an e-reader from the library:

Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to check out an e-reader. To borrow an e-reader, first sign a copy of the library's handheld device policy, then give the completed policy and a photo ID to a librarian at the main desk, who will make a copy of your ID and hold it at the desk until the device is returned. You may borrow e-readers for one week at a time. e-Readers may not be renewed or requested.

Library e-reader contents:

All of the library's e-readers come pre-loaded with assorted "classic" books. There are also a few popular titles on each device that change twice per month. Patrons are prohibited from purchasing additional books, apps, and other material for the devices. You may, however, borrow e-books from our digital download service, Overdrive, using your library card. These books can be transferred onto our e-readers using wi-fi or by plugging into your home computer, and will disappear from the device after the lending period.

Check out the library's e-readers:

The popular iPad is loaded with all of Apple's default apps, as well as the Overdrive app. The iBooks app also contains books that are pre-loaded onto the device. The library's iPad is the first edition of the device, although three updated versions have been released since. Read more about the iPad here.

The Amazon Kindle is a small, light, e-ink based e-reader from Amazon. It has a black-and-white display similar to the look of paper, and uses a small directional keypad to navigate. Read more about the Amazon Kindle here.

The Kindle Fire is a mini tablet computer released by Amazon. It is designed for books, movies, music, and internet use. The Overdrive app is available on the Kindle so that you may easily download e-books and audiobooks from the library. Read more about the Kindle Fire here.

The Nook HD is the newest tabet from Barnes and Noble. It displays e-books and magazines, plays movies, music, and games, and is able to access wireless internet. The Overdrive app is available on the Nook HD so that you may easily download e-books and audiobooks from the library. Read more about the Nook HD here.