Borrowing eBooks

Did you know that your Delaware County Library card grants you access to over 6,000 ebooks?  To be able to download ebooks, you must:

  • Be a resident of Delaware County
  • Have an active Delaware County Library System card
  • Be in good standing with the library (no fines of over $10)
For inactive cards or fines of over $10, please visit any DCLS library to resolve the issue.  Find your nearest Delaware County library here.

General Information about eBooks

  • There are no late fees with ebooks!  After 2 weeks, ebooks automatically expire from your device.
  • You may check out up to 7 ebooks at a time.
  • How do I know which file type I need for my device?  It's easy! Kindles and Kindle Apps only use Kindle files.  Everything else uses ePubs.
  • Like print books, there are only a specific number of ebook copies available.  You may have to be put on a waiting list for specific titles.
  • Unlike print books, there are large numbers of ebooks in the public domain that are yours to keep!  You can download them onto your device and they will be there forever (or until you delete them).  For free epubs, click here.  For free Kindle books, click here.  

Do you have more ebook questions?  

Call the Reference Desk at 610-446-3082 x201.

Download Guides

eBooks can be downloaded onto ereaders or just read on your computer.  For assistance with downloading your ebooks, visit these specialized pages:


eBooks and the Public Library

Are you wondering why certain books are not available in ebook? Or why there are restrictions about how many people can use a file or how many times a file can circulate?  Check out these articles about the state of ebooks in public libraries.

Public Libraries Take on E-Books from Atlantic Magazine (3/29/2011)

E-Book Lending: Your Public Library's Best Kept Secret from CNN (6/26/2012)

Libraries Cut E-Book Deal with Penguin from The Wall Street Journal (6/20/2012)