Sherborn Library's Digital Resources

eBooks, eAudiobooks and Magazines

overdriveOverDrive boasts a collection of 1.8 million digital titles compatible with all major devices, including Android, iPads, iPods, Kindle, Nook, Blackberry, Windows and Sony Reader.  Patrons who would like to download a title that is currently checked out can place a reserve request.  An electronic message will notify the patron when the eBook is available.

OverDrive users should start by setting up a Minuteman Account.
Click here for OverDrive's instructions for getting started on your particular device.
Users who already have an account can access OverDrive here.




Hoopla streams thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free to Sherborn residents. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.

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Hoopla FAQ and Login Instructions


What is Hoopla?  Hoopla is a digital service where library card holders can listen to music, watch TV series and movies for free without holds or waiting list.


What do you need to sign up for Hoopla? 

  • A current library card and password/pin  
  • One of these supported web browsers or mobile devices:

Internet Explorer (Most recent update)

Firefox (Most recent update)

Google Chrome


Device with iOS 

Device with Android

  • A Hoopla account
  • Hoopla app for your mobile device or add-on for your browser.
  • You will be prompted to install the browser add-on when you play your first title on the computer. If you are using a supported mobile device, you can download the Hoopla app from the appropriate app store. 
  • When downloading the app you must have your GPS on in order to find the Sherborn Library.
  • You will be prompted to install the browser add-on when you play your first title on the computer. If you are using a supported mobile device, you can download the Hoopla app from the appropriate app store. 
  • When downloading the app you must have your GPS on in order to find the Sherborn Library.

Is there a limit to how many items I can borrow? The check-out limit is 10 items per month. Once you log into your Hoopla account you will see a blue banner across the top with how many titles you have available to check out. This limit will reset at the beginning of each month.

How long can I check out content for? Movie and TV content is available for 72 hours (3 days) after borrowing.  Music albums are available for 7 days.
Will I have late fees? No, after the borrowing period the item will return automatically.

Can a title be returned before the lending period expires? Yes, you can return the title before the lending period has expired by clicking the "Return" button at the top right of the title detail page.
Please note that returning a title early does not give you additional borrows for that month.

Does any of the video content offer closed captioning? Yes, Hoopla supports closed captioning of video content where available and/or required.

What is Demo content?
This is content that library staff can use to show you how to download content without using one of your monthly downloads. 

Where can I find the Demo content? 
On the iOS app: The Demo content is under the collections tab.

On the ANDROID app: The Demo content is under the genre tab.

Creating a Hoopla Account on my computer

  • Go to  Click on Login – upper right hand corner
  • Create an account by clicking on Sign up Now
  • You will need an email address and password with at least 8 characters 
  • After you create your account, to download to your computer - select music
  • Click on Browse More
  • Click on “Collections”
  • Scroll down to Demo Content
  • Select a title to Borrow and Play
  • You have successfully downloaded a title 



With the Commonwealth eBook Collections, Massachusetts residents can access digital content for free.   Content includes resources from all of the vendors that we are currently partnering with: Axis360, EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. You may need to create an account prior to downloading and depending on the device you are using you may be required to download an app or other reader.

Click on "Commonwealth eBook Collections" above to access these three resources:


Axis 360                                                               

Access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks including many bestsellers, preparation guides, travel guides and much more test                                                                              

Axis 360 Help:


BiblioBoard Library

Includes a great repository of curated primary sources perfect for educational and   historical research as well as a growing collection of small-medium presses. Check out the graphic novels or the Dummies books! 

BiblioBoard Help:




A very large collection of content well-suited for academic research as well as   technical guides for the DIY enthusiast.                                                                                                              

EBL Help:



Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization. Since 1936, CU's mission has been to test products, inform the public and protect consumers. It is a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.

Sherborn residents can log on to Consumer Reports Online with just their library card barcode number.

freading Click here

Freading is the NO WAIT eBook collection.   Over 20,000 titles are available from a variety of small and independent publishers. New books are added weekly. All books allow multi-user access, so there is never any waiting for a title.  E-books are checked out for 14 days and can be renewed.   Users receive five (5) tokens each week that can be used to check out e-books. Unused tokens carry over to the next week. Most e-books have a value of 1-4 tokens.

  • PC or Mac running Adobe Digital Editions software.
  • Apple iPad and iPhone using Freading app for iPad/iPhone.
  • Android tablets and smartphones using Freading app for Android (device must be compatible with Android Market).
  • E-readers: Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader. (You'll need a computer to transfer e-books).
  • Kindle Fire (not other Kindles, alas), Kobo Vox, and other non-Android Market tablets and smartphones (using Freading Android app from GetJar)

Freading FAQs

Overdrive for Kids and Teens

OverDrive's eReading Room for Kids and Teens displays only content selected for young people.  Users download titles in the same way general OverDrive users do (see above.)

Digital Periodicals

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Access Zinio Here

Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Sherborn Library Zinio Collection Includes:

American Craft
Art News
Architectural Digest
Beautiful Kitchens and Baths
Bloomberg Businessweek
Clean Eating
Country Living
Elle Decor
Golf Tips
Interweave Crochet
Interweave Knit
iPad for Parents
Jewelry Stringing
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Marie Claire

Mother Jones
National Geographic Traveler
New York Review of Books
Poets and Writers
Popular Science
Scholastic Parent and Child
Taste of Home
Town and Country
Traditional Home
US Weekly
Vegetarian Times
Yoga Journal

Zinio User Guide

 Music Downloads


Freegal is a downloadable music service which provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment collection. Library cardholders can download three songs a week with their barcode and pin number. Freegal works with any MP3 device, including iPods.  Users can indefinitely keep downloaded music.

Freegal FAQs: Everything you need to know to get free music.


ancestryAccess Ancestry Here  (In-Library Use Only)

If you'd like to explore your genealogical heritage, Ancestry is the best place to start.  Ancestry Library Edition is the result of a partnership between and ProQuest, creating one of the most important genealogical collections available.  It is the largest privately-owned genealogical database in the world.  It has extensive coverage of the United States and United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe and Australia.   

Ancestry Learning Center


Access HeritageQuest Here

Heritage Quest is a genealogical database available to remote users.   It features genealogy and local history books, the Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank Records and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

Heritage Quest Learning Center

 Language Learning 


Access Mango Here

Featuring 62 languages for English speakers and 17 ESL courses, Mango is designed to equip the user with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages.

Mango Video Tutorial