eBooks/eAudiobooks Frequently Asked Questions

What are eBooks?

eBooks are electronic versions of printed books. eBooks can be viewed online on any computer connected to the Internet.

What are eAudiobooks?

eAudiobooks are books that you download from the Internet and listen to on your computer or any other device that can play Windows Media Audio (.wma) files. Some eAudiobooks are also available in MP3 format.

Can I download eBooks and eAudibooks for free? What is the charge for overdue eBooks/eAudiobooks?

Yes, it's free to San Mateo County Library card holders. You can apply for a card here. eBooks and eAudiobooks do not accrue overdue fines because they are checked in automatically when they are due. The checkout period for eBooks and eAudiobooks varies from 7 days to 21 days. Most eBooks and eAudiobooks allow patrons to choose the length of the checkout period in the range of 7 days to 21 days.

Are eBooks the same as print versions?

Yes, eBooks are exact reproductions of the print versions, including all illustrations.

How do I search for eBooks/eAudiobooks?
  • Go to the Online Catalog and click on Advanced Search.
  • Enter the term you want to search for in the search box. To see all eBooks/eAudiobooks enter “*”.
  • In the Material Type box choose eBooks to see eBooks or eAudiobooks to see eAudiobooks.
  • Click the Advanced Search button.
    Note: Limit to library does not work in this situation since eBook/eAudiobooks are online and not loctaed at one branch.

For more detailed information about the eBooks and eAudiobooks available from the San Mateo County Library eBranch please refer to the Help provided by our vendors or use our eBranch Help form to request assistance.