eBooks and More

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Library eCard


  • Library cards are available free of charge to all Collin County residents. Register for a library card by completing the online library card application form.
  • The eCard will be valid for 1 month pending further COVID-19 reassessments.
  • Once the libraries have reopened to the public we encourage you to come by and pick up a physical card allowing you access to all of library physical and digital resources.
  • Your eCard number gives you access to numerous electronic resources, including cloudLibrary, RBdigital, Universal Class and much more.
  • Forgot your password?


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cloudLibrary | eBooks & Audiobooks


  • Through this program, patrons have access to over 160,000 eBooks cloudLibrary Opens in new window(EPUB format) and Audiobooks.
  • Check out items as you normally do. Items check out for 2 weeks.
  • Unavailable items from other libraries will not show up.
  • You can only place holds on McKinney Public Library items.
  • Audiobooks are available to McKinney Public Library patrons through cloudLibrary and RBdigital.

Sign in to use resources

  • Go to cloudLibrary and login with library card number and password.
  • Forgot your password? (This link takes you to the main library catalog. After setting up your new password, return to this page to access cloudLibrary )
  • Get the app

Guidelines

  • You may check out 12 eBooks at a time.
  • eBooks may be checked out for 21 days.
  • Early return is available.
  • Renewal of materials is available with the latest version of Android, iOS and Web Patron. Renewals are not available in the PC or MAC app. You’ll see a Renew button appear in MyBooks for any title that is available for renewal 3 days from the loan expiration date. The title must not have any holds on it to be able to be renewed.  Once a title is renewed, you’ll need to download it again.
  • You may have 12 holds at a time. You can choose (in Settings) whether to be notified by email when a hold is ready. Your hold can be reserved for 3 days in the Hold Queue.
  • Each eBook in the collection has 1 copy available for checkout (no simultaneous use).

Support from cloudLibrary


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RBdigital | Audiobooks and Magazines

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  • Audiobooks and other content from all major publishers
  • Complete magazines with no holds, checkout periods or maximum quantities.
  • Includes Transparent Language Online with flexible learning paths for over 100 languages, ESL courses for speakers of over 25 languages and pronunciation comparison practice.

Sign up to use resources

  • Go to RBdigital and create an account using your library card number, and then create your own username and password. A unique email address is required for each account created.
  • Download the free RBdigital app from your device’s store. You can also access content through the website itself.
  • Mobile App Account Setup Instructions

Guidelines - Audiobooks

  • You may check out 6 Audiobooks at a time.
  • Audiobooks may be checked out for 21 days.
  • Early return is available. 
  • Renewal is possible if there are no other patrons with holds on the item. You can have a maximum of 3 renewals per title.  
  • You may have 6 holds at a time. A held item is immediately checked out to you.
  • You can create a wishlist of items you’re interested in reading in the future.
  • Each Audiobook in the collection has one copy available for checkout (no simultaneous use).

Guidelines - eMagazines

  • All current and backlist magazines are available.
  • There are no checkout periods and no holds.
  • Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

Guidelines - Transparent Language Online

  • On first use, click the Checkout button. For future uses the button reads Access.
  • The system takes you to a Transparent Language website and asks you to login again. Do so with your RBdigital credentials. 
  • All learning can be done on the website, which is optimized for smartphones and tablets, but there is also a Transparent Language app available. This app requires a mobile password, which can be found on the Transparent Language website under Settings / User Profile.

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Gale eBooks


Web-based eBooks on a variety of subjects Gale Virtual Reference Library Opens in new window

Sign in to use resources

  • Go to Gale eBooks
  • For remote access, use your library card number or call 972-547-7323 for login info.

Guidelines

  • All eBooks on these sites are web-based and are read in your browser.
  • All titles are simultaneous use. There are no checkouts, downloads or due dates.


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Salem Press Online | eBooks

Salem Press Online (Literature, History, Science, and Health) Opens in new window

Web-based eBooks in literature, history, science and health

Call 972-547-7323 for remote access information.

Guidelines

  • All eBooks on this site are web-based and are read in your browser.
  • All titles are simultaneous use. There are no checkouts, downloads or due dates.


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Project Gutenberg | eBooks


  • Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks. These include ProjectGutenberg Opens in new windowclassics useful for student reading assignments. 
  • EPUB and Kindle format
  • Download or read online. 
  • The eBooks may be freely used in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired.
  • Books are digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg with the help of thousands of volunteers.


Access this resource - no sign-in required

Support from Project Gutenberg


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Streaming Video


The following suggested streaming movie services are free to the user. They may be ad-supported, but do not ask for payment or require creating an account. 


  • Internet Archive - full-length feature films, classic shorts and world culture documentaries
  • Popcornflix - full-length movies, documentaries, foreign films and unique original web series
  • SHOUT! FACTORY TV - cult TV shows, movies, comedy and original specials
  • Sony Crackle - full-length movies, TV shows and original programming
  • Toon Goggles - on-demand entertainment for children, offering animated and live-action programs, games, radio and news


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