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Below are FREE apps that will help you find and enjoy books and informational content from the library, as well as other trusted providers, and get reliable information on the go.
For more app suggestions, see
"A catalog of Android reading apps," dearauthor.com

Not sure what version you have?

To find out what version of Android software you have, start from the home screen and click the menu button, and then Settings. Scroll to the bottom and "About Phone." Your current version is listed under "Firmware version."

NYPL Mobile

Search the catalog, place holds, and manage your account.

OverDrive Media Console

Browse, download and read ebooks and e-audiobooks from NYPL's collections.
How to Borrow Library eBooks.

3M Cloud Library

Browse, download and read ebooks from NYPL's collections.

Kindle for Android

Borrow Kindle-formatted books.
How to Borrow Library eBooks for Kindle.


Access Gale databases.


Access EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies.
Help documentation

Google Books

Download books to your Google Books Library and read them here.
Search for "Free Google eBooks" to find scanned books in the public domain, or browse all of NYPL's scanned materials.

Google Translate

Translate text between more than 60 languages. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

POETRY from The Poetry Foundation

Thousands of poems, classic and contemporary, in your pocket.

Shakespeare (Beta)

40 plays, 154 sonnets, 6 poems.

Bluefire Reader

Read EPUB and PDF files you have purchased or are borrowing from the library; supports Adobe DRM. To use this with library ebooks you must open the .acsm file on your Android device.


Supports EPUB and PDF, as well as the Adobe eBook DRM technology.

S.O.S. by American Red Cross

Emergency care protocols for over 30 of the most common emergency care situations, developed by the American Red Cross and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Today's Document

A featured image or document from the National Archives each day. Here is one of our favorites.

Congress: A Pocket Directory

Track elected officials, read the latest bills and laws.

Recalls.gov from General Services Administration

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and Department of Agriculture issue hundreds of recall announcements each year. Be informed of the latest recalls.