E-books at Johnson County Public Library

E-books at Johnson County Public Library

How do I get E-books from the library?

You can check out E-books with your Johnson County Public Library card and read them on a computer or supported mobile device, including many smartphones and tablets.

For current bestsellers and backlist titles from popular authors, visit our Cloud Library collection. High-demand titles may have waitlists.

For immediate access to titles from a selection of independent publishers, including cookbooks, inspirational fiction, and fitness guides, visit our Hoopla E-book collection. All titles are available for immediate checkout.

Hoopla also offers a selection of comic books for checkout, including titles from DC Comics (Superman, Batman), Image (The Walking Dead), and popular children's comics (Minions, Garfield).


How do I get downloadable magazines from the library?

You can check out magazines from the library using Zinio for Libraries. Create an account with your library card number, then login with your username and password. You’ll be immediately ready to browse, check out and read magazines online. 

When you’ve found a magazine, click the + icon below the cover to immediately check it out, or click the cover to learn more and access back issues. Once you’ve checked out an issue, you can immediately start reading in your Web browser, or download and install the Zinio for Libraries app on your mobile device to take your magazines on the go.

You can even choose to get email notifications when the newest issue of your favorite magazines is available for checkout. There’s no limit to the number of e-magazines you can checkout, and you can keep the issues as long as you like. There’s no charge to use Zinio for Libraries and you’ll never have a late fee for the service.

What can I use to read E-books?

Cloud Library and Hoopla both offer downloadable apps for most smartphones and tablets. Visit the Cloud Library support page for a complete list of downloadable apps. Visit the app store on your mobile device to download the Hoopla app.

You can read Cloud Library titles on a desktop or notebook computer by downloading the PC or Mac app. You can read Hoopla titles directly in your web browser on the Hoopla website.

Cloud Library titles can be transferred to some e-ink e-readers, such as Nook Simple Touch and Kobo. You may also check out an e-reader from the library to read Cloud Library titles. Cloud Library and Hoopla are not compatible with e-ink Kindles, such as Kindle Touch.

How do I set up an account to read e-books?

In order to read e-books from Cloud Library, all you need is your JCPL card number. Login with your card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your card number) for immediate access to the Cloud Library collection.

To checkout titles from Hoopla, you'll need to first set up an account by visiting the Registration page. Select "Johnson County Public Library" from the list, then provide your email address and library card number and create a password. You'll use your email address and password to login to Hoopla.

How much do e-books cost to check out? How much are the late fees?

E-book titles are completely free to check out to all JCPL cardholders. E-books are automatically returned at the end of the three-week loan period. You will never have an overdue fine for an E-book.


How many E-books can I check out at once?

You can check out up to 8 titles from Cloud Library at one time. Titles can be returned early.

You can check out up to 6 titles from Hoopla every month across all content formats. Titles can be returned early, but this will not affect your checkout limit. Checkout limits automatically reset to 6 titles on the first day of each  month.


How long can I keep E-books?

E-book checkouts last for 3 weeks. At the end of the 3-week loan period, you may check the title out again (Cloud Library titles may have a waitlist).


Can I find E-books in JCPL's online catalog?

Titles in our Cloud Library collection will appear in our online catalog. E-book titles appear in the search results with the icon .

If the title is available for checkout, click the "Download" button and enter your library card number and PIN (you may be prompted twice). If the title is currently checked out, you may place a hold.

Cloud Library checkouts and holds will appear in the "Digital Checkouts" and "Digital Holds" tab on your online account.