Digital Media

Go to the CLAMS OverDrive Website for ebooks, and eaudio checkouts, available 24/7.

OverDrive Help

* Browse, checkout and get library eBooks on Amazon® Kindle – video

*How-to video: Directly download eBooks to the Sony Reader Wi-Fi

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CLAMS Digital Downloads powered by OverDrive

Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, Music, Video. Available to all CLAMS public library card holders. Need Help? downloading all available formats.
Some e-book and audiobook titles are not available as downloadables to libraries. View information on publishers’ restrictions.

The Commonwealth eBook Collections

The Commonwealth eBook Collections program was created to better serve, educate, and inform the patrons of Massachusetts Libraries.  Use this catalog to search for eBooks and more from our partners, BiblioLabs, EBL, and Baker & Mass ebook logoTaylor. Search for a book, check it out and download these materials to your device, and you’re off and running!  The Commonwealth eBook Collections program is brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library, funded, in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.  For assistance with the Commonwealth eBook Collections, visit your local library or email the Massachusetts Library System at

Additional eBooks free ebooks

Over 34,000 copyright-free Classics that never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit. Easily accessible via the CLAMS Digital Download site, powered by OverDrive. Not available for Kindle. Kindle users, go directly to Project Gutenberg.

Freegal Music

Free downloadable music from the Sony Music Catalog. Several CLAMS Libraries subscribe to this service. You must have a library card from one of these libraries to use the service. For more information please check with your local CLAMS Library.


Animated storybooks for younger children which can be played with sound or a computer or read aloud by a child with the sound off. TumbleBooks also has a variety of games and audiobooks. Available at these libraries.

Digital Magazines


Instant access to the magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format. Available from these libraires.


Access Digital Magazines through your library. Available from these libraries.


Additional resources available on the Internet

“Public Domain” means the texts are no longer copyrighted in the United States.
CLAMS does not endorse and is not responsible for the websites listed below.
These are provided for informational purposes. Links are current at the time of writing.

Free public domain e-Book resources
Note: most of these are not good for current bestsellers.

Project Gutenberg dedicated to providing as many free Public Domain texts as possible in electronic format.
Library of Congress Digital Books
Google Books (beta)
University of Virginia Online Library – good for foreign language material
Making of America (Univ. of Michigan & Cornell) –
Primary resources, U.S. History
Perseus Digital Library (Tufts Univ.)
The On-Line Books Page (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Harvard University Open Collections Program
Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library
University of Illinois
(allows free access to its collection of award-winning books on history)
Open Library (variety of formats, including ePub and Kindle)
Even more free eBooks

Free Audiobooks
Note: most of these are not good for current bestsellers.

Project Gutenberg Audio Books project
The Internet Archive
Audio Books for Free
Open Culture
Books should be free
Learn out loud