Fiction: Using Your Public Library

The Public Library

Since the books purchased for the PSU Library are collected with coursework in mind, the public library is going to be your best bet to find the biggest selection of reading materials in a variety of genres. Below is information about obtaining a library card and finding books at the local public libraries.

Multnomah County Library

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Get a library card. Multnomah County Library cards are available to PSU students and anyone who lives in Multnomah County and most of the surrounding area.

Search the Multnomah County Library for books.

Get reading recommendations.

Washington County Library

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Get a library card. E-Access cards are available to Washington County Residents. Residents of the surrounding area can go to a local branch to get a full access card.

Search the Washington County Library for books.

Sign up for reading recommendations via email or contact a local branch for individual recommendations.

Clackamas County Library

Accessing ebooks

To access ebooks and electronic audiobooks through your public library on your device, you'll need to download one of the following apps. Both of these apps contain the same collection of books - just a different way of accessing them.

Libby logo. Cartoon girl with read hair reading a blue book.Libby: A user-friendly, intuitive app for accessing ebooks and audiobooks on iOS or Android devices. If you use one device to browse, download, and read or listen to digital books, try Libby. It’s a great one-device experience.

overdrive logo. White O with blue background.Overdrive: OverDrive is the “classic” app, and is compatible with more devices, including Kindle Fire, Macs, PCs, and Windows mobile devices. It also allows for transfer to MP3 players from computers. You want to use Overdrive if you want to access your books in a Kindle e-reader.