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OverDrive eBooks

The Library’s collection of best-selling and classic eBooks is growing every month, so you can recommend an eBook for purchase or sign up to be notified of the newest additions to our catalog. Click here to view step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks to your Kindle, EPUB eReader, smartphone or tablet. Click here to see the Library’s collection of OverDrive eBooks.


Freading is a fun new way to download eBooks in EPUB or PDF format. Freading is a great resource for nonfiction and children’s books.


Through Biblioboard, you can access a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction ebooks with no waiting lists or holds! You can even access Biblioboard without a login (although if you create one, you can access the collection outside the state of Illinois.) Find everything from children’s and young adult fiction to educational resources to classics.

RB Digital

Have you heard a good book lately? With RB Digital, a collection of audiobooks for readers of all ages is waiting for you. Download e-audiobooks with RB Digital! Learn more here.

Storyline Online

Enjoy great children’s stories read by some of your favorite actors!  Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.  Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.  Stories range from 5 minutes to 21 minutes long.  Storyline Online features books for children in kindergarten through 3rd or 4th grade.



From animated picture books to streaming audiobooks, there is something for everyone from TumbleBooks. Check out the links below to get started reading and listening to fun and educational eBooks!


Animated storybooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, games, and more for children in Kindergarten through grade 6. Many books include quizzes and lesson plans to help parents and caregivers reinforce concepts and make learning fun. Includes some books in Spanish and French.


Educational storybooks and read-alongs for children in Kindergarten through grade 6, covering a wide variety of math topics from counting and addition to fractions and basic finance. Many books include quizzes and lesson plans to help parents and caregivers reinforce concepts and make learning fun.


Classic and modern fiction and nonfiction eBooks, graphic novels, and short videos for students in grades 7-12 (and adults!) Some books include lesson plans to help parents and caregivers reinforce concepts.


Classic and modern fiction and nonfiction streaming audiobooks for all ages. Includes a wide variety of genres and subjects, as well as some books in Spanish.


Over 1,600 adult romance eBooks in a variety of genres



Not a Waukegan Public Library cardholder?

You need an active Waukegan Public Library card to download eBooks using OverDrive or Freading. If you live in Waukegan and don’t have a library card, get one! If you live outside Waukegan, try contacting your home library to learn about their eBook collection.

Special Information for EPUB eReader Users

If you use a NOOK or other EPUB eReader, you will need to download free software called Adobe Digital Editions and authorize your computer with an Adobe ID to download library eBooks. Follow the links to download the software and create an ID.