How Do I Get an ebook?

Are you interested in checking out ebooks or streaming audio with your library card? The good news is that you’ve got plenty of options.

Sunflower eLibrary

The Sunflower eLibrary is one quick resource for readers and is the primary one for digital books and audiobooks available through the library consortium. With your library card you are able to check out 5 items at a time. eBooks and audiobooks may be checked out for up to 14 days.

eLibrary items are automatically deleted from your account at the end of the lending period. However, you can return an item early so that you can check out more items.

To sign in to your account you’ll need your library card number as well as the password (or PIN) associated with your library account.  If you’re not sure what your password is, we can reset it for you.  Note: If your library card expires or you have a restriction on your library account, you won’t be able to access the Sunflower eLibrary until it’s resolved.

The Libby app by Overdrive can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet or you can use the myLibro app to locate available items in the Sunflower eLibrary.
For complete instructions on how to use the Sunflower eLibrary with your device, check out the HELP section for a guide.

hoopla is another digital resource that has more than just eBooks. They have popular music titles, movies, television programs, and comic books in addition to eBooks or audiobooks.  Plus you’ll find there is never a waiting list.  If you see it listed, you can immediately check it out!

You can check out up to twelve items per month with your library card. There are different check out periods depending on the item you request:

  • Movies & TV: 3 days
  • Music: 7 days
  • Audiobooks: 21 days
  • eBooks & Comics: 21 days

hoopla also has what is referred to as a BingePass which grants you seven consecutive days of access to certain materials for just one of your monthly borrows.  The Great Courses, Curiosity Stream, hoopla Magazines, Highlights, and Hellosaurus are just a few of the resources available with the BingePass.

To get started, you’ll need to first create a hoopla account using your library card number.  You’ll also need to select the home library that is associated with your card, so if your card was created by a library other than Tonganoxie, you will need to change your home library (or use the library associated with your card).

For instructions and frequently asked questions, be sure to check out hoopla’s support information.


Flipster is an excellent resource for digital magazines.  You’ll find many popular titles available for free using just your library card.

To access Flipster magazines:

  • Click on the Digital Media link on the homepage of the NEXT search catalog.  You’ll see the Flipster logo, and once you click it, it will prompt you to enter your library card number. 
  • Once you are logged in, you will see all of the available magazines including editions of HGTV, Sports Illustrated, GQ, Taste of Home, People, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic, to name just a few options.
  • You can read Flipster magazines right on your computer or you can download the Flipster app to access magazines on any device.
Other Digital Resources
For those seeking even more digital content, we suggest creating a State Library card.  We can do that quickly and easily for you here at the library.  A State Library card is active for three years at a time and grants you access to a wide variety of items including eBooks, scholarly journals, car manuals, Mango Languages, and manga, among other items.

The cloudLibrary is where you’ll find titles from larger publishers and many of our well-known and bestselling authors.  It has both ebook and digital audiobook options available.  The cloudLibrary allows you to check out up to ten titles for three weeks at a time.

Download the app for easy viewing or login using your State Library card number and PIN on the website.

Some of the options available from the State Library include:

Enki Library: Large variety with many self-published authors

Freading : Large collection of items with no waiting lists

Comics Plus: The one stop place for comic books, manga, and graphic novels

Britannica E-stax: Non-fiction book collection geared towards youth in school grades preK-9

Bookflix: Bookflix is a digital storybook service from Scholastic combining storybooks with non-fiction books.

Tumblebooks: Geared towards youth in school grades preK-6th grade; read-long stories, chapter books, and games
View all of the digital eBook lending options on the State Library
First time user? Check out more information on how to get started with several of the more popular digital choices like the cloudLibrary.
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