eBooks, Audiobooks & Movies

Free Downloadable Library Checkouts with Media on Demand and eRead Illinois:

Our Get-Started Guide

Check out eBooks from the library with your Thomas Ford Library card and download from home or on the go with Media on Demand or eRead Illinois.

Learn what devices are compatible for downloading eBooks.


Tumblebook Library: Animated and narrated picture books for kids

Tumblebook Cloud:  Children’s ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books



The Library has three Kindles that patrons may check out for up to three weeks.  The Kindles come pre-loaded with a variety of enjoyable books. Click here to see a list of those titles.

Other eReaders

The Library also has a variety of other eReaders for demonstration purposes which patrons may use in-house.  Ask at the Reference desk and our Librarians will be happy to describe the benefits and drawbacks of the various devices when used with our service if you are considering a purchase.

Free eBooks:

ManyBooks Over 29,000 free titles.

Project Gutenberg Over 45,000 free titles.

Open Library Over 1 million free titles.

Feedbooks A place to discover and publish eBooks.

eBook management:

Calibre E-book Management, a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.



Downloadable Audiobooks

Log in to your Media on Demand account with your Thomas Ford Library Card to download audiobooks from home or on the go.

Find out what devices are compatible with the Media on Demand audiobooks.


Audiobook Reviews from Thomas Ford Staff

Audible.com Reviews

Audiobook Award Winners

The Audies – recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association

The Grammys – Spoken Word category of the annual award presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences