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Downloads & Streaming

The Santa Barbara Public Library System offers a wide range of free downloadable eBooks,
audiobooks, magazines, music, comics, & streaming videos. A library card is required.

Free drop-in assistance for mobile devices is available at the Central Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays   4-6 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays   10 am to noon

Drop-in assistance is also available at select branches. Contact your local branch library.

Downloads & Streaming Overview


Click to browse &
check out eBooks & Audiobooks

eBooks & audiobooks

Read & listen on your computer or install the OverDrive app to download items directly to your mobile device

Check out up to 10 titles at a time
Place up to 20 holds

**See below (or click here) if you have a replacement library card and need to update your account with OverDrive.


Android / Apple
Kindle / Fire   
Nook / Nook Tablets
Mac / Windows

Help from OverDrive

Help Videos

Tech Support

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eBooks, audiobooks, music albums, movies, television, and comics

Stream on your computer or install the Hoopla app to view or listen on your mobile device

No holds or waiting

Check out up to 10 total items a month

Movies & Television: 3 Days
Music Albums: 1 week
Audiobooks: 3 weeks
eBooks and Comics: 3 weeks


Hoopla Handout

Online Help

View Supported Mobile Devices

How to Update Your Library Card & PIN

Click to browse &
check out eBooks


Focusing on smaller and independent publishers

Check out up to 10 titles at a time
Place up to 10 holds

            Android / Apple 


Online Help


Click to browse 
& check out magazines

Downloadable magazines

Read online or install the Zinio app to download titles to your mobile device

Unlimited access — no holds or waiting


Zinio Handout


Support Request


Click to browse 
& stream videos

 Streaming Videos

Documentaries and series from PBS, including Frontline, NOVA, & American Experience

Unlimited access — no holds or waiting
No downloading required — streaming only

To access the PBS Video Collection at home: Click on the link to browse & stream videos. In the "Search by institution name" box, enter "Santa Barbara Library" & select any SBPL branch. Enter your library card number in the box that appears.


Login Help 

Online Help


**Have a replacement library card and need to update your account with OverDrive?

OverDrive & Replacement Library Cards

Before checking out or downloading OverDrive materials with your replacement library card:
1. Click on the link Tech Support.
2. Under "Which category best describes this issue" select: Account - Replaced Card.
3. Enter your old and new library barcodes in the "Describe the issue" text box.
4. OverDrive Tech Support will update your account and transfer your holds and checked out items to your new card number.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017