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Downloads & Streaming

The Santa Barbara Public Library offers a wide range of free downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, comics, & streaming videos (see overview). Free drop-in assistance for mobile devices is available at the Central Library. For dates and times visit the Library Events Calendar. For additional assistance outside of those hours, call or visit any library location.  

The Library also offers the Lynda.com database and the New York Times.

A library card is required to access these resources.


eBooks & Audiobooks

OverDrive

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 10 holds, get eBooks and Audiobooks on loan for 3 weeks. If you have a replacement library card, you will need to update your account with OverDrive with their Front Line Tech Support (instructions below).

OverDrive Help

 

Libby

Libby is a complement mobile platform to access the Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks collection. Items that you check out with Overdrive are available on Libby and vice versa. Libby is currently only available for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices. Log into Libby using your library card.

Libby Help

 

enki Library

Focuses on smaller and independent publishers. Check out up to 10 titles at a time. Place up to 10 holds.

enki Help

 

SimplyE

A complement mobile platform to access the OverDrive and Enki eBooks. First, open the SimplyE app. Then, find your local library. Next, enter your library card ID and library PIN to search, borrow, and read! This app is available for Apple and Android devices.


Films, Documentaries, & the Great Courses

Kanopy

Stream and watch on your computer or install the Kanopy app to view or listen on your mobile device. Apps are also available for Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to sbpl.kanopy.com and create an account by clicking on the orange Sign Up button.
  2. Go to your email account to verify your email address.
  3. Add your library card number.
  4. Start watching videos.
All Library Users have 5 credits per month. 1 play = 1 credit. See the Kanopy Support Center for more information.

eBooks, Audiobooks, Music Albums, Movies, Television & Comics

hoopla

Stream on your computer or install the hoopla app to view or listen on your mobile device. Apps are also available for Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. No holds or waiting. Check out up to 10 total items a month.

Movies & Television: 2-3 Days
Music Albums: 1 week
Audiobooks: 3 weeks 
eBooks and Comics: 3 weeks

hoopla Help


Language Learning

Mango Languages

Free, online language-learning in languages that include Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Greek, Latin and more.

Mango has English language courses for speakers of 19 different languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, and Russian. Learn on the go with the Mango Mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Already have a Mango account? Link your account to your SBPL account! 

Mango Help


Downloadable Magazines

RB Digital

Read online or install the RBDigital app to download titles to your mobile device. Unlimited access — no limits, holds or waiting.

RB Digital Help


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 - Card Update.
  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: Sep 29, 2020
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