E-Books, E-Audiobooks & Newspapers

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The South San Francisco Public Library offers e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers for computers, tablets and smartphones.

E-Books & E-Audiobooks

Libby is the one tap reading app provided by Overdrive where you can download e-books and audiobooks for free. Access thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction titles anytime, anywhere. Access the online catalog:


Other E-Book Services

  • California Missions e-Books: Use this link to view the Mission eBooks collection online. eBooks can be viewed online or downloaded with Adobe Reader. Discusses each of the California missions from their founding to the present day such as Spanish colonization in California.
  • Enki Library includes a diverse collection of encyclopedias, recovered classics, short stories and self-published materials.
  • The Open Library offers over 10,000 e-books in a variety of subjects. They can be downloaded in EPUB (Nook) and PDF formats or viewed online. Download instructions for reading Open Library eBooks on your computer.
  • Safari Tech Books Safari is the premier electronic reference library for programmers and IT professionals. Search electronic versions of a broad range of technical books such as technology, digital media and business books.

Digital Magazines

RB Digital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps.



South San Francisco Library card holders can enjoy free access to Bay Area newspapers, including San Mateo Daily JournalSan Francisco Chronicle, and more through our NewsBank subscription.

San Francisco Chronicle (1985 - Present)

San Mateo Daily Journal (2000 - Present)

Bay Area Newspaper Collection

U.S. Newspaper Collection

New York Times

South San Francisco Library card holders can enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on This service is being provided to library patrons by the California State Library. To register for your free account from within the library, click here while using a library computer or while connected to the SSF Library Wi-Fi. You may also register for your free account remotely from any device and location by clicking here and providing your library card number to register an account. Once you have registered, you will be able to enjoy from any location, on any web enabled device, by just logging into with that same email address and password entered during registration.