Does the library offer downloadable ebooks?
While there are some downloadable titles in our ebook collections, most are not available for download to an ereader and must be read on a desktop or laptop computer. Some other electronic content, such as newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from the Libraries' databases, can be downloaded and accessed from an ereader (you can save and load a PDF, for example).
Our ebook collections are primarily academic, but the Tuscaloosa Public Library offers downloadable fiction and non-fiction titles through a service called Overdrive. You can read more about the service and see what's available from the digital library page of the TPL website. If you live off campus and have proof of local address, you can get a TPL card at no charge with picture ID and proof of your current local address. On-campus students may get a card for a one-time, refundable $10 deposit.
Project Gutenberg, a collection of free electronic books, offers some ebook downloads (although most free services like this only offer access to older titles in the public domain). Another option is using the UA Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service to request titles not held by the library.
Please let us know if you need help using our ebook collections.