eBooks

Commonwealth eBooks is changing

In 2018, the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in conjunction with our Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing Networks, are supporting the implementation of reciprocal lending of eBooks and eAudiobooks on the Overdrive platform.  The pilot phase of this project was successfully concluded during the winter of 2017/18 and is now expanding.

Reciprocal lending is currently live for members of SAILS, Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) and Minuteman.  More libraries will be gaining access in the coming months, including members of the other Automated Resource Sharing Networks,  school libraries joining the new MLS consortium, and other enrolling public and academic libraries.

Group Join Date
Minuteman (original pilot) November 2017
OCLN (original pilot) November 2017
SAILS (original pilot) November 2017
MassCat July 2018 (public libraries only)

More information about the new Overdrive content sharing is available at mass.gov/libraries.


Residents can browse and borrow eBooks from their home library network's eBook collection.

The Boston Public Library offers all residents of Massachusetts use of its electronic resources. Residents will need to sign up for a BPL eCard to get started.