Online e-books and Media

//Online e-books and Media
Online e-books and Media 2016-12-29T05:18:49+00:00

Various sources are available to the Lenox Library patron for eBooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media, to be used by a spectrum of personal devices. Some sources require the use of your C/W MARS library card, while others are available to you by applying for a Boston Public Library e-card.

Use your C/W MARS card (includes Lenox Library) for


With Overdrive, you can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader. Many borrowed eBooks, audiobooks and more can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser or can be downloaded to the free OverDrive app for mobile devices. Digital titles can also be enjoyed on tablets and eReader devices such as the iPad®, NOOK®, and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries only].

Provided by the C/W MARS library network

Commonwealth eBook Collections

Here, Massachusetts residents can access digital content for free. Current vendors that we are currently partnering with: Axis360, EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. You may need to create an account prior to downloading and depending on the device you are using you may be required to download an app or other reader.

  • Find primary sources, historical documents, images, video and so much more from the collection at BiblioBoard
  • Look for bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction at Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor
  • Discover items to help with academic research as well as personal interests, from cooking to gardening at EBL

The Commonwealth eBook Collections are provided by the Massachusetts Library System

[Which source should you use? The most direct way is to search in the C/W MARS catalog, limiting by any of the four “e-formats”. When you choose a title in the catalog, you’ll find a link to that will take you to one of the sources above. There is also a separate search engine for items on each source.]

These resources are provided by the Boston Public Library. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard. (And if you’re in Boston, you may register for a full-fledged library card, which will give you access to even more resources)

See the overview of electronic collections here

Hoopla Streaming Media
Hoopla is a service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.
Hoopla Help

Overdrive (Boston Public Library)
Borrow downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and videos from the Boston Public Library. While there’s some overlap with the CWMARS collection, there are items unique to each catalog.
BPL Overdrive Help

Zinio Digital Magazines
Check out current issues of popular magazines in English or Spanish to read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Zinio Help

You don’t need any card at all for the following:

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. [Includes local history material from the Lenox Library and the Lenox Historical Society]

Open Library
One web page for every book ever published. The World’s classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available. Open Library account holders can borrow an eBook from the growing collection of mainly 20th Century titles available now. Each title can be borrowed by one patron at once, and you can read it in a web browser or in Adobe Digital Editions as a PDF or ePub.

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. As the first electronic book resource, Project Gutenberg was started by Michael Hart in 1971 with the digitization of the United States Declaration of Independence.