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With online services and download media available 24/7, your library is always open!

Download Audiobooks, eBooks and Video that can be listened to or viewed on your computer or transferred to a portable device. Many titles can also be burned to a CD. There are never overdue fines or late fees - titles automatically return to the Library's collection. Click here to access the Downloads 2 Go collection.

Click on any of the following for training guides and instructions:

Searching for eBooks (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: Android Devices & Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: iPad / iPhone (iOS 6 or higher) (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: iPad / iPhone (below iOS 6) (Training Guide
Kindle App for iPad (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: Kindle Fire HD(X) (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: Kindle Fire (non-HD) (Training Guide
Borrowing eBooks: Kindle eReader (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks: Nook eReader, Nook Tablet, Nook Color, Sony eReader (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks: Nook HD (Training Guide)
Borrowing eBooks & Audiobooks: Windows 8 Devices/Microsoft Surface (Training Guide
Borrowing Audiobooks (Training Guide
Borrowing eBooks: OverDrive Read (Training Guide)
Borrowing Audiobooks: OverDrive Listen (Training Guide)
Accessing EBL Ebooks (Instructions)


SONY Music Entertainment

Music Downloads! Hundreds of thousands of songs from SONY Music Entertainment are at your fingertips! Download to an iPod, MP3 player, PC or a Mac. Using your library card and PIN, you may select 5 downloads each week. This library service is brought to you through Freegal Music. It's FREE and it's legal!

Click here to download.

Click here for a Freegal video tutorial.

Click here for a video about how to use the Freegal App on your tablet or mobile device.



A DataBase is an organized body of related information. The Library subscribes to many databases that contain relevant articles, news reports and statistical information. The databases can be searched electronically and are useful for school assignments, topic-related research and information on current events.

Click here to search the Databases
Click here for a video about searching the Buffalo News database
Click here for a video about searching the Consumer Reports database.

Each month a database is profiled to familiarize our users with the wealth of information that databases offer. Click here to see the Resource of the Month


The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is proud to provide digital access to unique and interesting materials from our rich collections. Click here to begin exploring our digital collections of historical photographs, scrapbooks and books, local newspapers, and more.


The Buffalo State Hospital Cards are part of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's Local History File. The Local History File is the Library's most comprehensive resource for Buffalo research. It is an index to select Buffalo newspaper articles. References to books, vertical file materials, scrapbooks, and magazines are also included. The Local History File covers Buffalo and Erie County people, places, things, and history. It was started in 1936 as a WPA project and now includes about 300,000 entries on over 100,000 index cards. Most citations date from 1930-1982, but some go back as far as the 1890s and as recent as this year.

Click here to see the collection