Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Digital Collections - Downloadables

books on shelves

If you need a quick how-to, just visit Library Digital Offerings to learn how to access our digital downloads on your device. 

With digital downloads, your public library is open 24/7! The San Antonio Public Library offers a variety of ways to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies, music and more on your personal mobile device or computer. All you need to access these free services is your San Antonio Public Library Card. *Certain services will also require the creation of a username and password. Click on each service below to learn more. 

The San Antonio Public Library has been an eBook lending partner since 2007. This was the year SAPL acquired the eBook/eAudiobook lending service, OverDrive. While not the only eBook service the library uses, OverDrive Digital Library is definitely the most popular. Another eBook service include OneClickDigital which is primarily an eAudiobook lending service which recently began offering eBooks.


What is an eBook?

An eBook is a book that is read through electronic means; in fact, the word eBook comes from the shortened words "electronic" and "book." Books can be read on computers, tablets, and smart phones making the world of reading more convenient than ever!

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Free eBooks

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What is an eAudioBook?

An eAudiobook is an audiobook that is available for download in a digital format. Find out more about eAudioBooks.

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Free eAudioBooks

  • LibriVox - Offers free public domain audio books

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What is an eMagazine?

View periodicals virtually through the library service OverDrive.

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What is an eMovie

A digital version of a movie you can stream and watch online.

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eMovies Help

What is eMusic

Freegal Music Web Site Freegal Music allows you to download individual tracks from a large selection of Sony Music Entertainment artists in MP3 format. Download and keep up to five tracks a week, or enjoy three hours of streaming music per day! Search by artist, song title or genre.

What is Freegal?

Freegal is a service for libraries that offers both streaming and downloadable music for you to keep. All you need is a library card in good standing and a device with internet access to download the intitial song(s). 

How to Use Freegal?

What exactly is Freegal Music and what can I do with it? Freegal Music is a service that allows for five downloads a week and stream three hours of music per day. Music you download are yours to keep. Note that a video download will count as 2 of your weekly music selections. If you do not have 2 downloads left, you will not be able to download a video. You are able to download songs straight to your computer or mobile device. There is an app available for Freegal Music that allows you to download the music straight to your mobile device, go to your applicable app store and do a search for Freegal Music.

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