What to Read

Want to read some of the best books, according to Connecticut opinions? Check out the latest Nutmeg Nominees! Nutmeg Awards are given in Connecticut to books that are considered to be the “best of the best”. Let us know if you agree!
Nutmeg Teen 2019 Nominees
Nutmeg High School 2019 Nominees

Ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music & movies

HooplaNEW! HOOPLA: A unique digital entertainment / media service which allows you to borrow movies, videos, music and audiobooks straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone!


RBdigital Digital MagazinesRBdigital Digital Magazines :

Access complete digital magazines! Sign up for an RBdigital account to start reading.

-Keep magazines as long as you want.

-Instantly stream on your PC or Mac.

-Download to mobile devices for offline reading.

-Enjoy mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android and Windows 8.

Click here for access or here for help on getting started!



Overdrive Ebooks & AudiobooksOverdrive (audiobooks & ebooks) : Choose from our ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks!

Watch Tutorial/Guided Tour | Get Started | Help | Search or browse collection.




FreadingFreading is a collection of thousands of ebooks from every genre. You can explore them all without ever waiting on a hold or worrying about late fees. Read on your computer or take the book with you on a compatible eReader, smartphone, or tablet! Start here with the Freading FAQ, then access the collection here.





RBdigital eAudio & eBooksRBdigital eAudio & eBooks: researchIT CT’s downloadable eAudio & eBook service: Provided statewide, this downloadable audiobook collection features nearly 1,400 titles and just recently added ebooks to their collections. These titles can be checked out after creating a new RBdigital account. Click here to learn more or here to access the collection.


iCONN’s Popular Magazine page for such popular titles as Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, Atlantic, Backpacker, Bonjour, Ebony, Field & Stream, Inc., Jet, Outdoor Life, Saturday Evening Post, and Ski. Check it out here!

Do you want to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks for free with your library card?  Then click here to check out all the things you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.


Great websites to help you find even more awesome stuff to read


More free eBooks


So you’ve looked through the Library’s ebooks, and you’re hungry for more titles. There are plenty of places to find free ebooks online. Here are some good starting points:

Over 26,000 free titles pulled from bigger sites like the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg, then organized like a regular online bookstore so it’s easy to find something of interest.

The site is mainly dedicated to selling books, but you can browse for free titles under Free Public Domain Books or under Free Original Books. You’ll also find some free titles by selecting eBooks under $5.

Open Library
More than 1 million free titles from places like the Connecticut State Library and Internet Archive. The best way to navigate Open Library is checking the “Show only ebooks” box located below the search field.

Amazon’s Free Popular Classics
For use by Kindle devices. As of January 2014, there are 571 free classics available to download. (Note: requires an Amazon account with a credit card.)

Barnes and Noble’s Free NOOK Books
For NOOK devices. Be aware, though, that some of these “books” are only a preview or are just the first few chapters of a book. Read the titles carefully to see if you’re downloading a complete book or a preview. (Requires a BN.com account with a credit card.)

Google Books Advanced Search
Google Books carries more academic titles. Select “full view only” under Search to get results for complete books.