Library e-services

Besides the collection of physical books, periodicals, and media available at the Inyo County Free Library branches the library also offers other services online:

  • E-services that provide downloadable e-books, e-magazines, and audiobooks; the digital edition of the New York Times; streaming video from Kanopy
  • Online reference sources and databases such as California Revealed and The Reference Shelf
  • Other resources such as Tuition Funding Sources 

Many of the services below require an Inyo County Library Card with a barcode. Visit your local Inyo County Library Branch to sign up.

Some links may require a PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.



OverDrive is a free service offered by Inyo County Free Library that lets you borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from the Southern California Digital Library. All you need to get started with free digital titles from OverDrive is an internet connection and a library card with a barcode. Mobile apps available.

Getting started with Overdrive


enki a new eBook platform created by librarians, is the place for discovery, helping you find new gems, classic novels and eye-opening nonfiction. It's your only source for bestsellers before they catch fire, and it's where you can learn something new from renowned authors. Indulge your curiosity! enki eBooks will work with e-readers that support EPUB format (like Kindle Fire), or tablets and computers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Enki

rbDigital magazines

RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio), the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.  Mobile app available.  RBdigital Magazines is sponsored by Inland Library System.  

rbDigital audiobooks

RBdigital Audiobooks (formerly OneClickdigital) - the current library available is Recorded Books Classics. Check out a classic today!  Mobile app available.  RBdigital Audiobooks is sponsored by Inland Library System.


New York Times

The California State Library is pleased to offer the New York Times online to California public libraries! This offer features direct access to from 1851 to right now, including:

  • All regular newspaper content (articles, editorials, etc.)
  • All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features and all new multimedia to come
  • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions of
  • Personalized access, including e-mail newsletters such as California Today, mobile apps for phones and tablets, with customizable news feeds, and article recommendations based on topics you most commonly read about

First time remote access to the NYT requires a log in to your library account through the Catalog


Kanopy is a video streaming service offering access to more than 30,000 documentaries, movies, and educational videos from thousands of producers such as Criterion Collection, PBS, Great Courses, Kino Lorber and more.

Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films, and Movies for the Whole Family.


The Reference Shelf
Famous First Facts

In conjunction with the library's print subscription of the Reference Shelffrom H. W. Wilson there is online access to this resource. Published 6 times per year, each Reference Shelf volume provides comprehensive, balanced coverage of an issue of importance in modern society. Each volume contains 35-45 notable documents and articles (complete or abstracted) from highly respected periodicals and media outlets. A bibliography, index and important websites enhance further research. For access to the Reference Shelf in print format of current and older issues that aren't available online, search the public access catalog using "search by series" using the words "Reference Shelf.

Also available on this site is Famous First Facts. For more than half a century, Famous First Facts has earned the accolades of reviewers and a place on library reference shelves nationwide. This new edition of the reference classic is updated and expanded with new entries reflecting the latest developments and discoveries, and newly organized for better access to information. This is an online version of the Library's print copy.

California Digial Newspaper Collection

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside. The CDNC includes newspapers that the Library has digitized: The Inyo Independent (1870-1942) and the Big Pine Citizen (1914-1933)

California Revealed
The California Revealed collection includes a wide range of historical materials contributed by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies across the state.  Inyo County Free Library has digitized and contributed historic materials from the Library’s collection.  Other local contributors include the Eastern California Museum, Manzanar National Historic Site and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.  


Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound addresses students and scholars' pressing need to see primary, unpublished archival documents.  Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. 

Particular strengths in the Archives Unbound catalog include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Broad topic clusters include: African American studies; American Indian studies; Asian studies; British history; Holocaust studies; LGBT studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; Middle East studies; political science; religious studies; and women’s studies. The Archives Unbound program consists of more than 290,000 documents totaling 12 million pages.  Sponsored by the California State Library as part of their California Digital Archives. This service requires log in through the catalog, select Archives Unbound under Online Resources.

Link to California K-12 Digital Resources
Link to California K-12 Digital Resources
Link to California K-12 Digital Resources

California K-12 Digital Resources are provided by the California State Library.  Online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica School and will be available to all K-12 students in California.  These content resources provide teachers, school librarians and students with a massive amount of digital information: books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos and more – all aligned with the curriculum that California has created for its schools.  Access is available through on-site library networks.  Off-site access is only available to students and teachers with school log-ins.



Link to Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information. You will have to register to use the site when you first visit it.  Tuition Funding Sources is sponsored by Inland Library System.

CALIFORNIA'S LIBRARY SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH PRINT DISABILITIES, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.