Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Audiobooks and eBooks

​​​​​State government employees can download digital audiobooks and ebooks due to a partnership agreement with Kentucky Libraries Unbound (KLU). Members of the general public should check with their local public libraries about downloadable digital resources available to them.​


Before yo​​u start:

  • You must have a valid State Library account to download titles. If you don't have an account, apply here.
  • If you have lost your account number, contact the Reference desk through Ask a Librarian or by calling 502.564.8306 or 800.928.7000.

Getting Star​​ted in KLU:

  • Connect to Kentucky Libraries Unbound
  • Set up/Login to your account (look for “Account” in the top right hand corner).
  • Select “KY Dept for Libraries and Archives” as your library. When prompted, enter your State Library account number and password.

Getting ready to dow​​​nload:

  • Audiobooks: Install the OverDrive's desktop app on your computer
  • Ebooks: Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
  • Kindle books: You will need a free Amazon account, Kindle device or the Kindle reading app
  • Use the “Help” link in the top right hand corner for more detailed instructions. Select the OverDrive Help tab for how-to videos on getting started and downloading titles.

Finding a titl​​e:

  • Option 1: You can search for downloadable titles in the KDLA Catalog using the format Ebooks or eAudiobooks options. Use the "View Online" tab to see your selected title in Kentucky Libraries Unbound.
  • Option 2: Browse or search the KLU Catalog.
  • When you select a title, click on the "Borrow" tab. Choose the download format option or the “Read (in your browser)” feature.
  • Once the download is complete, you can open the title on your computer or, if allowed, you can transfer the title to a compatible player.

Placing a Ho​​ld:

  • If your selection is not immediately available, reserve it by clicking the “Place a Hold” tab.
  • When prompted, provide your name and email address. Be sure to give an email address that you check frequently, especially on weekends and/or holidays.
  • You will receive an email when the title becomes available. You have 48 hours (exactly) from the time you receive the notice to check out the title.

Returning Downloada​​ble Titles:

  • At the end of the loan period, titles expire and are automatically "returned".
  • Some titles can be returned before they expire.
  • You may be able to renew a title from your Checkouts page within 3 days of the title’s expiration date if there are no other hold requests.
  • Delete expired files from your computer.

Finding Help - Trouble​​shooting

​Need He​lp?​

If you need help, send your question by email through the Ask a Librarian service.  The reference staff will be happy to assist!

Get Rea​​dy: Browse! Check​out! Download!

Want to know more about downloading audiobooks and/or ebooks? Take the free, online class that covers the basics of what Kentucky Libraries Unbound is and how to use it. Check the training calendar​ for upcoming class dates or you can watch a recording h​ere​.