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eBooks: Computer/eReader

Basic Information

  • Each cardholder can download up to 3 titles per week with Freading.  Any unused downloads will roll over to the next week, for a total period of 4 weeks, before the downloads reset.  Cardholders can have a maximum of 12 unused downloads at any given time.
  • Multiple people can read the same eBook at the same time on Freading, so there's never any wait to read the book you want!
  • All eBooks are free to download.
  • Each eBook can be renewed once for an additional 2 weeks.
  • Titles are automatically returned at the end of the borrowing period, so there are no late fees for any digital materials!
  • eBooks can only be downloaded by patrons with a Waukegan Public Library card in good standing (unexpired, fines less than $10).
  • eBooks and other digital materials cannot be checked out or requested from other libraries.

Contact the Reference Department

Need help?  Contact the Reference Department for direct assistance with downloading library materials to your device!

847-623-2041 x238

Not a Waukegan card holder?

You need an active Waukegan Public Library card to download digital materials. If you live in Waukegan and don’t have a library card, get one! If you live outside Waukegan, try contacting your home library to learn about their eBook collection.

Device Compatibility

Freading is incompatible with certain devices, including Nook, Kindle, and Google Chrome.  For a more complete list of compatible devices, visit the Freading FAQ page.

How to Use Freading

1. Download Adobe Digital Editions.

Click this link to download Adobe Digital Editions for free to your computer.  Make sure to download the correct version for your computer (Windows or Mac).

2. Create Adobe ID.

Once the program has been installed, click here to create a free Adobe ID if you do not already have one.  This will authorize your computer to download and transfer eBooks to your eReader in the future.  Click Get an Adobe ID and fill in the required information.

3. Search for a book.

Once your ID has been created and the program has been installed, visit to view the Freading eBook collection.  You can search for a specific title or browse for books by subject or collection.

4. Login to download.

Click on the cover of a book you'd like to read, then click Login to Download.  Log in with your library card number.

5. Select a format and open in Adobe Digital Editions.

Click Download EPUB and then open with Adobe Digital Editions.  Note: Some eBooks may also be available as a PDF.  You can download and transfer these books using the same steps for EPUB titles.

6. Authorize with Adobe ID.

—If this is your first time using Adobe Digital Editions, you will be asked to authorize your computer with your Adobe ID.  This will only need to be done once.

7. Transfer to eReader

Your book should open automatically in Adobe Digital Editions.  To transfer the book to your eReader, plug in your device, which will show up on the left hand side.  Click and drag the book to your device.

Need help? Contact the Reference Desk at 847-623-2041 x238 or ! If you have a laptop or a mobile device, you can also bring in your device to the Reference Desk for in-person assistance.