We have thousands of audiobooks for kids on various platforms. All can be checked out instantly with a library card. Each audiobook platform is unique, learn how to use each platform below.
Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.
You can borrow up to 20 titles using your IndyPL Library card from OverDrive Kids. 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.
Here are some quick shortcuts to OverDrive's audiobook collections for kids.
Skip the Wait!
Hold lines can get very long for new and popular titles. Here are two helpful links for young readers: No Wait, No Problem Audiobooks for Kids and No Wait No Problem e-Books for Teens.
You can borrow 10 Items each month using your IndyPL Library card. If you have never borrowed from Hoopla before directions are available as well as a video tutorial.
Here are some quick short cuts to some of Hoopla's audiobook read along collections:
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 offers Bonus Borrows. Bonus Borrows don’t count against your monthly borrowing limit - look for them on Hoopla.
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 audiobooks 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." If you are using the Axis 360 website, change the Availability filter from "all" to "available now."
Kanopy Kids has one collection of read along picture books in their Story Time collection. Read them in a computer browser or in the Kanopy app. Videos from the Kanopy Kids section do not require any play credits to view. Feel free to watch as many videos from Kanopy Kids as you’d like without seeing a reduction in your play credits! If you have never borrowed from Kanopy before here are some directions and a video tutorial.
You can read Tumblebook read alongs in a computer browser or the Tumblebook Library app. If you have never borrowed from the Tumblebook Library before here is a video tutorial to help you get started. Here are three examples of the read along stories you can find in the Tumblebook Read Along Library. See the full list of Tumblebook read alongs here. The best thing about Tumblebooks - there are no loan limits and no waiting!
If your kids like e-book read alongs try our VOX audio enabled books. You can check them out at any of our locations. VOX books are print books that have an audio player permanently attached to them. You don't need a computer, tablet, CD, or the internet. Children simply push a button to listen and read. The next time you visit one of our libraries, ask where the VOX book shelf is! See the list of VOX books you can check out here.
World Book Day Free Audiobooks
World Book Day’s World of Stories audiobook collection get refreshed frequently. Audiobooks are taken down after 6 months and then are replaced with new ones so check back often for new stories.
Audible's Free Audiobook Library for Kids
Audible, Amazon's audiobook library, offers free audiobook streams on a select number of children's stories. See the Free Audible Library. The books are separated into six categories: "Littlest Listeners," "Elementary," "Tween," "Teen," "Literary Classics" and "Folk & Fairy Tales for All." Books are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Italian.
Free Video Read Alouds Online
Children also shouldn't miss these outstanding opportunities to hear old classics like Where the Wild Things Are or a newer favorite like Little Jumbo, often read aloud by the book's author or a celebrity reader. It isn't library story time...but you will still hear “I want to hear it again!”