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E-books you can access as a Poole library member

Poole Libraries now offer over 100 free e-books arranged in themed 'bookshelves' for you to read instantly online, provided by Public Library Online.

Apple and Android devices are now supported and we have unlimited copies!

You can access them at home, in the library, or on the move as long as you have internet access: use either the logo link above or choose from the list of shelves below. You must always access the bookshelf through one of the  links on this page and you will need to login using your Poole library card number, unless you are in a library (in which case you can access directly).

You can read these e-books on any device with internet access - they are not downloads so you cannot read them offline. (See below for more details about how to access).

Choose a bookshelf

Accessing Public Library Online

Ebooks come in two formats, Flash for computer users and HTML for smartphones and tablets (both Apple and Android). The site makes it really easy for you to just click on the button for your device.

You cannot read these ebooks on devices which do not have full internet access (such as the Amazon Kindle).

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More e-books

  • Credo Reference - the online version of over 600 fact books (many illustrated), with everything from Dorling Kindersley's Human Body to reference classics like Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, to Debrett's People of Today, to encyclopaedias, dictionaries and much, much more - even access to the Bridgeman Art Library Archive and the National Gallery. You view the books within the site, which you can use to search across all titles.  If at home, log in with your library card number.
  •  Project Gutenberg - a web site with access to 33,000 free ebooks in various formats. These are mostly out of print editions. There are links in the site to other free providers.

  • Check out CyberLibrary - this page lists all the best links to free ebook sites.

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