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eMedia at the Library

The Iowa City Public Library offers access to digital content - including eBooks and eMedia - for both adults and children free of charge.

Access Overdrive
OverDrive offers eBooks, eAudiobooks and local video that you can download to your computer or device 24/7.

Access Tumblebooks
TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, audiobooks and ebooks for children.

Access Zinio
Zinio offers cover to cover access to over 100 magazines to download to your computer or mobile device.

Local Music Project is a collection of albums by eastern Iowa musicians available for free download to your computer Access Local Music Project The "For Kids and By Kids" album, a collection of songs make by local artists and kids, is also available for full download or streaming. Access For Kids and By Kids

Getting Started with Overdrive

To download eBooks and eAudiobooks you must have:

  • Valid Iowa City or Coralville Library card
  • Access to the Internet
  • A computer and/or a compatible device

eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive are available to patrons who live in Iowa City, Hills, University Heights, Lone Tree, or rural Johnson County. Residents of Coralville may access the service using a valid Coralville Public Library card. If you do not live in one of the communities listed, please check with your local library to see if it provides eMedia.

Overdrive Help

Overdrive offers device specific videos or written step-by-step intructions to help you quickly get started downloading and enjoying thousands of books.

Video instructions
Written instructions

Other eMedia Resources

A number of additional sources for eMedia are also available.

For additional questions: Call the Library at 319.356.5200, or email

Digital Confidentiality

The Iowa City Public Library is committed to protecting our patron's privacy.
Digital checkouts may not conform to the Library's Policy on Confidentiality.
To learn more, please read ACLU of Northern California's Digital Books: A New Chapter For Reader Privacy