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 & Audiobooks


Through this program, patrons have access to over 200,000 eBooks cloudLibrary Opens in new window(EPUB format) and eAudiobooks.

  • 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

  • Go to cloudLibrary and login with library card number and password.
  • Forgot your password? This link takes you to the main library catalog. After setting up your new password, return to this page to access cloudLibrary.
  • Get the app

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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Salem Press Online | eBooks

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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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