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eBooks & eAudiobooks

Bellingham Public Library offers downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks to card holders through Washington Anytime Library.

Washington Anytime Library

Access Washington Anytime Library to check out and download or stream eBooks and eAudiobooks on your computer or mobile device. There are two ways to access this collection: Libby or OverDrive.

Use the information below to choose which method of accessing Washington Anytime Library will work best with your device:


Libby is the newest way to access the Washington Anytime Library online collection. It’s available as a website and as an app, so you can stream books or download them for offline use.

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Use Libby if:

  • Your smartphone or tablet is new or a couple of years old. You should be running iOS 10+ or Android 5+
  • Your PC or other device is running Windows 10
  • Your Kindle eReader (black and white display) is new or a couple of years old
  • You want to listen to eaudiobooks on a Google Home, Alexa, or Sonos smart speaker

Find a User Guide.


OverDrive is the original way to access the Washington Anytime Library online collection. It is available as a website and as an app, so you can stream books or download them for offline use.

Use OverDrive if:

  • You have an Amazon [Kindle] Fire (color display)
  • Your Mac is running macOS versions 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Your mobile device is running an older operating system, pre iOS 9 and pre Android 4.4
  • You want to download an audiobook to an MP3 player

OverDrive for Mac and OverDrive MP3 audiobooks are not compatible with the newest macOS version, 10.15 (Catalina). Please see the Overdrive Help page for more information.

Find a User Guide.

More Information

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks circulate like other library materials. The library owns a copy of each title, and one borrower at a time can check it out.
  • If an item is available, you can check it out and download it right away. If it is checked out by another user, you may place it on hold; you’ll be notified by email when it is available.
  • You have a choice to check out items for either 7, 14, or 21 days. Items automatically expire after this time, or if you prefer, you can return the item earlier.
  • You may have 5 downloadable items checked out at a time, and 8 holds pending at a time.
  • Items are accessed from the Washington Anytime Library online catalog. The software is provided by the OverDrive company.

RapidReads – Library card holders can stream or download eBooks using Washington Anytime Library. Rapid Reads is a series written between a 2.0 and 6.0 reading level. The plots are contemporary and entertaining, with adult language and themes.

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