Get Access to More Than 100,000 eBooks with Open Library

Looking for free downloadable eBooks? Want books for your Nook, Sony Reader, or other ePub compatible device?
North Carolina libraries and NC LIVE are teaming up with Internet Archive on a project that gives patrons access to a large, shared downloadable eBook collection.
Through this collaboration, North Carolinians have access to more than 100,000 in-copyright eBooks in Open Library, an eBook lending platform developed by Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. In addition, more than one million public domain titles, and a small collection of more recent titles are available.
Most of these books are digital scans of titles owned by participating libraries.  Libraries from across the country have contributed books, including CPCC Library, and more than 60 North Carolina libraries.
To use Open Library, patrons should visit
Users need to “Sign Up” and create a new account before downloading books. To see the books available for checkout, visit the eBook Borrowing Collection at  Look for the green “Borrow” icon to find books that are currently available for checkout.  Patrons can download up to 5 books at a time, for 2 weeks each.
Books can be read online in a web browser, or downloaded and transferred to a compatible portable device* (e.g. Nook, Sony Reader).  Patrons who choose to download and transfer eBooks will first need to install Adobe Digital Editions (a free download).
If you have any questions, please call ext. 6023, or visit your local library.
*Please note: Most titles in the eBook Borrowing Collection are not available for Kindle at this time.


Temporary Loss of Access to the NC LIVE Website and NC LIVE Resources on Sept. 4

NC LIVE staff will perform overnight website and server maintenance early on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, between midnight and 1 a.m.

Remote users may temporarily lose access to the NC LIVE website and NC LIVE resources during this time. We expect to have all services running normally by 1 a.m., September 4.

Patrons who attempt to login remotely while maintenance is being performed will see an error message. Those patrons will need to clear their web browser’s cache, close the browser, and try again following the completion of the maintenance.

We’ll post any information and updates throughout the process in our Library Staff blog:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your patience while we work to improve NC LIVE web services. Please notify the NC LIVE Help Desk if you have any questions.

Resource of the Month – Biography Resource Center

This recent addition to NC Live complements Biography Reference Bank, a database to which CPCC already subscribes.  Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.
In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many more.
Biography Reference Center may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.