eBooks & Downloads

What Can My Device Do?

Use this guide to determine what services your device is compatible with.

Browse and check out eBooks and eAudiobooks* from our cloudLibrary web portal or from your device, up to five at a time (21-day loan period)

*eAudiobooks are not available on black & white eInk eReaders (such as Nook GlowLight or Kobo).

Download the cloudLibrary app (iOS, Android, Nook HD/Samsung, Kindle Fire, Windows, ChromeOS).

Selected popular magazines you can read on your computer or tablet. Enjoy Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, Allrecipes, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, Fast Company, People, Rachel Ray Every Day, Time, Us and more.

Formerly called Gale Virtual Reference Library. Thousands of reference eBooks (encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.).

See also Access My Library app.

Stream/download video (movies & TV episodes), music, eAudiobooks, eComics and eBooks, up to 10 items per month (loan periods vary by format). All titles immediately available, no holds. Get started at the hoopla site or get the app.

Stream thousands of classic/foreign/independent films, documentaries, and educational videos via your PC or device web browser, up to 10 per month (three-day loan period). Sources include selections from the Criterion/Janus collection, Music Box Films, A24 and PBS. Apps available for Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV (you can also "cast" from your device to Apple TV & Chromecast).

Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and National Geographic Traveler (2010-present). Hundreds of maps, videos and images. Also try National Geographic Kids.

Choose from thousands of U.S. and international newspapers and magazines on your PC or mobile device. | App

Four services in one:

  • RBdigital Magazines  - Popular current and archival content for streaming and download with permanent checkout. 5/6/20: Our RBdigital magazines collection now includes over 3600 titles.
  • Acorn TV - World-class mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond. | Video Tutorial
  • The Great Courses - Over 150 of the most popular full-length courses, taught by distinguished and legendary instructors.
  • IndieFlix - Streaming video with unlimited access to thousands of titles. | Video Tutorial

Apps: iOS / Android

Virtual Appointments

Need help downloading ebooks, connecting to video chat, or with other tech questions? While the library is closed due to COVID-19 Arlington Heights cardholders may schedule a 30-minute virtual appointment with one of our Tech Advisors for in-depth questions that can't be answered over chat or email.

Schedule an appointment

Visit the Tech Help Desk to borrow a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet. We will help you choose titles (eBooks, audiobooks, albums, videos and magazines) from cloudLibrary, hoopla and RBdigital collections.

Borrow a Roku Streaming Media Player and stream thousands of movies and TV shows on your HDTV.

You will need an HDTV with an available HDMI port, a high-speed internet connection and an electrical outlet within reach of the Roku's power cable.  

Both the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick media players are now available at the Tech Help Desk.