eBooks and More

Library eCard


  • Library cards are available free of charge to all Collin County residents. You may register for a library card by completing the online library card application form.
  • Completing the form generates an eCard, which will be valid for 2 years.
  • We encourage you to come to either library location to validate your address and pick up a physical card allowing you access to all library physical and digital resources.
  • In the meantime, your eCard number gives you access to numerous electronic resources, including cloudLibrary.
  • Forgot your password?

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cloudLibrary | eBooks & eAudiobooks


Over 220,000 eBooks (EPUB format) and eAudiobooks cloudLibrary Opens in new window

  • Check out items as you normally do. Items check out for 3 weeks.
  • Available items from other libraries participating in the cloudLink sharing program will show up in the cloudLibrary catalog. Unavailable ones will not.
  • You can only place holds on items owned by McKinney Public Library.

Sign in to use resources

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. As long as there are no holds on a title, a Renew button will appear in your My Books tab 3 days prior to your loan expiring. 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).
  • You may request purchases of eBooks and eAudiobooks which the library does not own. 

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cloudLibrary NewsStand | Digital Magazines and Newspapers

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7,500 digital magazines and newspapers in 44 different languages

  • Available 24/7 for unlimited simultaneous use
  • Includes international newspapers
  • Content never expires; as new issues are released, the collection is expanded, not replaced.
  • Integration with cloudLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks is in development. 

Sign in to use resources

  • Logon to either the mobile app available from your device’s app store, or through the NewsStand website.
  • Your first registration includes creating an email/password login, then inputting your McKinney Public Library card number and password. Forgot your library card password?
  • Once you've signed onto the mobile app, it remembers your credentials. If you do need to log in again, all you need is your email address and password.
  • You can also make the first registration on the website. If you’ve already registered via the mobile app, you won’t need to register again and can simply log in with email address and password.
  • Screenshots of the logon process; covers both app and website

Support

  • Email library support
  • Once you've logged on, you can also access the "Help" feature under your account tab.

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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

  • Go to Salem Press
  • For remote access, enter your library card number.

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

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Project Gutenberg offers over 60,000 free eBooks. These include classics 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

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Internet Archive | eBooks


In addition to being a vast repository of free movies, software, music and websites, the Internet Archive also includes a huge selection of free eBooks, many uploaded by contributors.

  • Note that the quality may vary and you may have to explore to find the best copy of a given item. But since the source material is so rich and varied, you may find eBooks not locatable elsewhere.
  • Access this resource - no sign-in required

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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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