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E-Books from MCPL

To use MCPL's e-books, you must have a library card and PIN.  If you have access problems, please call Ask-a-Librarian at 240-777-0001.

Downloadable e-books

  • Read on your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
  • Borrow up to 6 items at one time.
  • Place up to 6 holds at one time. 
  • Never pay any fines because the titles return themselves.

3M Cloud Library3M Cloud Library

Fiction and nonfiction e-books for adults, young adults, and children in epub format.

Getting StartedSupported Devices | Help

Don't have a e-reader? Borrow one from Gaithersburg, Long Branch, or Olney libraries. Find out how it works.

OverdriveMaryland's Digital eLibrary from OverDrive

Fiction and nonfiction e-books for adults, young adults, and children in epub, Adobe, and Kindle formats.

Getting StartedSupported Devices | Help


Browser based e-books

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Safari Books Online

Over 3000 e-books on information technology, computing, and business published within the last 2 to 3 years.

Read these books in your browser; they are not downloadable.  They only can be read on smartphones or tablets that support Flash. (Apple devices do not support Flash.)

Please note:  MCPL has a limited number of concurrent users on this product. If you can't connect, clear your browser's Temporary Internet Files, and try again after a while.



Gale Virtual Reference Library

Full-text reference e-books.Fully searchable and browseable.  Read them in your browser and download in PDF or HTML section by section. 


Travel guidebooks from DK Eyewitness Guides and Rough Guides and

Nonfiction children's DK Eyewitness books 

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An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more.  Read them in your browser; they are not downloadable.

Testing and Education Resource Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Features e-books from Peterson's and Gale for over 100 examinations, including  GED, SAT, ACT, AP, CLEP, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, civil service, military, nursing, the new citizenship examination, and many more.  The e-books open in Adobe Reader and cannot be saved locally to your machine. 

You must create a user name and password to use the test preparation books and online tests.

EbscoHost ebooks

Cliffs Notes from EBSCOhost E-Books

Collection of 222 Cliffs Notes, study aids for works of classic and modern literature.  Read them in your browser; they are not downloadable.


Get Help with E-Books

tablet and ebook reader

Bring your device and learn how to download free library e-books.

See our upcoming e-book workshops at MCPL libraries


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