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Urbandale Public Library/RBdigital & Other Free Digital Content

With all of us staying close to home, now is a great time to catch up on your reading! If you love to bask in the glow of an eReader or prefer to have your books read to you via audiobook, we can help!

New! Digital Access Library Cards – We’re now offering digital-only access library cards for people who currently do not have an Urbandale Public Library Card and are interested in checking out eBooks, e-audiobooks, and other online resources. Click here to learn more.


Available to all Urbandale Public Library cardholders, RBdigital allows you to download audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and more anytime, anywhere using your library card! Choose from thousands of titles by searching our catalog or visiting the RBdigital website.

Need help getting started with RBdigital or need a refresher course? Take a look at the RBdigital online tutorial or call us at 515-278-3945.

TumbleBooks Library – Available now for a limited time!

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has made free subscriptions to its family of online libraries available to all schools and libraries for a limited time. Learn more.

To learn about other online services offering e-books and other downloadable digital content available through the Library, click here.

From Around the Web

We’re also curating a list of free, online resources for ebooks and audiobooks, no library card required! We continue to find new information to add to this list, so please keep checking this page!

Audible is currently offering free streams on a select number of children’s stories across six languages.

Project Gutenberg  is a library of over 60,000 free ebooks you can download and read online. The focus is on older titles with expired U.S. copyrights.

BookBub features limited-time offers for free ebooks available on all devices, including Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Android.

Open Culture features ebooks, audiobooks, and movies

Internet Archive is a nonprofit, digital global library. Their materials are always available to anyone with an internet connection. For a limited time, they have also established the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

Manybooks is an online library offering close to 50,000 free eBooks for all ages.