The Library is now using the OpenAthens authentication system to provide access to most of our databases. To login, please use your valid, fourteen (14) digit library card. When asked for a PIN, please use the last four (4) digits of your library card number. In some cases, your PIN may be the last four (4) digits of the telephone number you used when registering for your library card. If you are experiencing any problems accessing the databases at the Library or from home, please let us know by phone 409.763.8854 Ext. 115, via email, or chat with a librarian when available.
Check out our interactive and downloadable resources for both adults and children. These eBooks and audio files can be downloaded to your computer, to a portable eReader, or to a mobile device with the installation of an appropriate app. Several of the resources can be accessed directly from your computer without any download.
Need help checking out library e-books and e-audiobooks?
In-person help and instruction are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am and 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Bring your library card, e-reader, and account login information for Amazon or Barnes & Noble, your iPad, MP3 player, laptop or other devices, to the Reference desk at the scheduled time. No registration required.
For questions about what to bring, you can:
Good for streaming Audiobooks
AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books accessible from the library or at home - a computer with an Internet connection is the only necessity! Many patrons can listen to the same book at the same time. Browse. Click. Listen. It's that easy!
Good for Kids
BookFlix is an exciting online literacy resource that pairs interactive, fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. BookFlix engages young students, reinforces reading skills, and introduces early readers to a world of knowledge and exploration.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Good for reading eBooks
More than 27,000 eBooks are available for browsing, searching, and virtual check-out. EBSCO’s eBook collection includes titles from the world's leading business, technology, trade, reference, academic, and scholarly publishers.
Good for streaming Digital Video (movies and TV shows), Music, Audiobooks, eBooks, and Comics
Stream movies and TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks, and comics for free with your library card! This works with iOS or Android devices, or on any computer with an Internet connection.
Users can download the free Hoopla app:|
Good for streaming Videos
Kanopy includes acclaimed movies and documentaries on-demand from award-winning filmmakers. Browse the collections of top film-festival favorites, classic films, world cinema and popular movies. With new films added every week, Kanopy allows you to access an unrivaled collection of over 30,000 films including documentaries and The Great Courses learning experiences. Available via your iOS and Android devices, smart TV apps, or a web browser.
Users can download the free Kanopy app:|
The New York Times
Good for reading Newspapers
Enjoy in-depth and authoritative information from The New York Times. The New York Times presents up-to-the-minute news, thought-provoking investigative reports, along with book reviews and cooking articles. The website includes the historic New York Times archiving events to the 1800s providing today’s reader with valuable insight into past events.
Good for downloading eBook and Audiobooks
Overdrive, also known as Houston Area Digital Consortium, includes a constantly expanding selection of current and popular ebook, audiobook, and video titles. Over 19,000 items available to check-out with your library card for FREE. Now contains the RBdigital Magazine Collection.
Install the Libby app for easy access to Overdrive books and videos on Android, iPhone, and Microsoft 10 devices. Link your library card to the Libby app to read, listen to audiobooks, or watch videos on your smartphone or tablet. Users can download the free Libby app. Have questions about Libby? Click the button below for frequently asked questions and assistance with the Libby app.|
Good for Kids
Scholastic GO!® offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos, and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills.
Good for Kids
TumbleBook offers a variety of online genres for kids including puzzles and games; some in Spanish and French.