We have thousands of e-books (including e-comics) for kids, teens, and adults to check out instantly with a library card. We partner with several e-book platforms including OverDrive (their app name is Libby) and Hoopla. Both of these platforms do include materials for kids and teens, but two of our platforms carry e-books for kids and teens exclusively: Axis 360 Kids, Axis 360 Teens, and TumbleBook Library (Pre-K through grade 6).
You can check out e-books from each platform's website or app. Learn how to use each platform below.
You can also check out most (but not all) e-books directly from the library catalog. The advantage of searching in the library's catalog is that you will be searching a lot of the e-books in these platforms all at the same time. When you see an audiobook in the catalog it will typically look like this:
Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.
OverDrive has e-books, e-comics, and graphic novels for adults, teens, and children. You can borrow up to 20 titles using your IndyPL Library card. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive before both app directions and browser directions are available as well as a video tutorial and Overdrive Support.
Finding What to Listen to Next
You can search for OverDrive e-books by keyword in the library catalog. OverDrive also routinely features e-books of interest on their home page and in their app. What is featured often coincides with current events and trending or seasonal interests. They also have an e-book Subjects page for you to browse that includes fiction and nonfiction listings for adults, teens, and kids.
Skip the Wait!
Hold lines for e-books can get very long for new and popular titles, but there are actually thousands of e-books available with no hold line. Here are some tips and tricks for finding e-books to check out immediately.
1. Lucky Day Available Now e-Books and e-Audiobooks are popular titles that are immediately available! All Lucky Day titles have a seven day loan period and cannot be renewed. You may borrow only one Lucky Day title at a time. If you are lucky enough to get a Lucky Day copy, please remember to cancel the hold you might have on the regular copy! Here are two helpful links for young readers: No Wait, No Problem e-Books for Kids and No Wait No Problem e-Books for Teens.
2. When you search for titles in OverDrive you can narrow down your results so that you only see items that you can check out immediately. In the Libby app choose the "Available now" option under "Refine." On the OverDrive website choose "Available now" from the list of filters on the left side of the screen.
Skip the Wait!
You don't have to put Hoopla titles on hold, you are allowed to borrow whatever titles you want, up to 10 per month. However, if you've already read your 10 monthly borrows, Hoopla frequently, but not always, offers Bonus Borrows. Bonus Borrows don’t count against your monthly borrowing limit - look for them on Hoopla.
Axis 360 is our primary platform for e-books for kids and teens. You can borrow up to 20 titles using your IndyPL Library card. If you have never borrowed from Axis 360 before directions are available as well as a video tutorial and Axis 360 Support.
Skip the Wait!
If you just want to browse from the available e-books in Axis 360 you can change an availability setting so that your search results only include items that you can check out immediately. In the Axis 360 app choose "Browse" and then choose whatever subject you'd like. Once your results display choose "Filter," then "available now," and then "apply." On the Axis 360 website change the Availability filter from "all" to "available now."