The Library has an expanded collection of electronic materials that residents can access on Library computers or download to their own devices from home. All (except for Ancestry) can be accessed even when the Library is closed!
Audiobooks: Overdrive - Fiction and nonfiction for your ipod, computer or MP3 device
- Overdrive - Fiction and nonfiction for your e-reader or tablet
- Books24x7 - Health/wellness and office essentials books for your computer, laptop or tablet
NEW! Magazines: Zinio for full-color magazines and page turning with a simple click (or finger swipe)
- Independent Films: Indie Flicks - Streaming independent films through your laptop or tablet
- Overdrive - A limited collection of downloadable videos
Ancestry - for genealogical resources (only available in the library)
Databases - research tools organized by subject area
Children's Electronic Resources
Questions? Call the Information Desk at 860.258.7623 or come in with your device! We'd be happy to demonstrate these resources for you.
We have downloadable audiobooks, e-books and videos for a wide variety of electronic devices.
To access these materials, your library card must be from a participating library in the Greater Hartford area. Holds are allowed, but no renewals.
Instructions for audiobooks, videos and ALL eReaders (except Kindle):
1) Before you choose an item, you must install and activate the software. Audiobooks require Overdrive Media Console; E-books require Overdrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions (for EPUB format); Videos require Overdrive Media Console and Windows Media Player Security upgrade. These sites also explain if additional software is required for your particular device.
2) After the software is downloaded, go to http://libraryconnection.lib.overdrive.com. Login first, so you can take full advantage of the Rocky Hill collection.
3) Search the catalog, using the title, author or keywords (and format, if needed).
4) After you find the item, click on “Change” if you want a loan period of 7 or 14 days. (Default is 21 days.)
5) Click on “Borrow.”
6) Download the item. (For e-books, you may choose to “Read” or “Download.”)
Note: If the title is checked out to someone else, you may place a hold. When the item becomes available, we will email you with instructions. You will have 2 days to check out, before the item goes to the next person on the hold list.
7) After downloading, audiobooks can then be transferred to a portable device, by opening OverDrive, selecting the title, and clcking on Transfer.
Instructions for Kindle Books
To download free library e-books to your Kindle, you must have both a library card from a participating library in the Greater Hartford area and an account with Amazon.com.
1) Go to http://libraryconnection.lib.overdrive.com to search for an item.
Login first with your library card, so you can take full advantage of the Rocky Hill collection.
To find an item that is compatible with the Kindle, click on Advanced Search, and choose the Kindle format from the drop-down menu and enter the title, author or keywords.
If the item is available, click on “Change” to change loan period from 21 days to 7 or 14 days.
Then click on “Borrow” and either “Download” or “Read.”
If the item is not available, you may place a hold instead. (When it becomes available, we will email you with instructions. You will have 2 days to check it out, before it goes to the next person on the hold list.)
2) You will be automatically re-directed to www.amazon.com.
3) Click on the yellow “Get library book” button. Sign into your Amazon account with your email address and password. (If you do not have an Amazon account, you can create one.)
4) Transfer items to your Kindle:
i) via wi-fi instantly OR
ii) by downloading via your USB connection.
(If downloading, you will need to click on the “Deliver to” dropdown menu and choose “Transfer via computer.” Then follow the screen prompts to save the file to your desktop. Finally, right-click on the desktop file and choose, “Send to Kindle.”)
Your Kindle books can be managed, deleted, or returned early by using the “Manage Your Kindle” link at Amazon.com.