NetLibrary Help

An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. eBooks can be viewed online from any computer connected to the Internet. They look exactly like the original - page for page, word for word, including all the illustrations. Because eBooks are online, they're available at your convenience - anywhere, anytime.

The Harris County Public Library's NetLibrary eBook collection includes over 54,000 titles. The eBooks on Netlibrary can be viewed online and in some cases downloaded.

Web Access

Harris County Public Library's has a collection of eBooks accessible through NetLibrary. At the Netlibrary home page perform a title, author, or keyword search. Then click View this eBook to view online or Show Details for other options.

The View this eBook option lets you read a full-text book online. Some books have a download option, click Show Details to see if it is available for a book. If a book can be downloaded, you will see a Check Out & Download this eBook link on the eBook Details page. If you do not see the link, the book can only be viewed online.

You will need a NetLibrary login to download books.

Online Catalog Access

HCPL's collection of eBooks is also accessible through the online catalog. You will come across eBooks during the regular course of searching. In a list of titles the format column for an eBook will read "[ebook]."

If you would like to get a list of all the eBook titles in the online catalog, perform an "author names" search using "Netlibrary" as the author's name.

Double click on a title to bring up that title's bibliographic record. Click on the "URL" field in the bibliographic record to go to the eBook at the Netlibrary web site.

Creating a Login

A login for Netlibrary allows you to check out books.

  • Go to NetLibrary
  • Enter your library card number
  • At the top right of the page, you'll see a row of links (Favorites and Notes, etc)
  • Click Create a Free Account
  • Fill out all required information. You will need to select a user name and password (we recommend you use your library card number as your login ID).

Once you have an account, you can download books with that option.

How to Log in

Click one of the "Log in" links and enter your user name and password and press the "Login" button.

Downloading an eBook

Before You Download

Before you download and read an eBook offline, you must have Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 installed and activated on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is available at no charge.

When you install Adobe Digital Editions, you are prompted to authorize and activate your computer in order to read protected items. You must have an Adobe ID to authorize your computer, and you are prompted to get one at no charge during the installation.


To download an eBook perform a search on Netlibrary or retrieve it through the online catalog.

  • Click on Show Details.
  • Click Check Out & Download this eBook.
  • Login using your NetLibrary login/password.
  • Click Download this eContent.
  • Click Open in the file download box that appears. The eBook downloads and opens in Adobe Digital Editions.