Thomas Ford Memorial Library

eBook Resources:

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 26,000 free titles.

Project Gutenberg Over 33,000 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.

Books on CD

Audiobook Reviews from Thomas Ford Staff

iPod Books

The library has two iPods for patron checkout and over 100 iPod audiobooks available for download. IPod audiobooks have the same lending periods as our books–3 weeks. We load the content for you, free of charge. Interested? Here’s all you have to do:

  • Bring your iPod to the Reference Desk. You can also borrow one of ours.
  • Please have your iPod charged.
  • Choose from our list of iPod audiobook(s) here. If the book is “on shelf” in the catalog, it’s available. Ipod books have the same loan periods as our books–3 weeks at a time.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for audiobook purchases.

Full list of iPod books