The Kitchener Public Library collection contains many alternatives to the traditional print format of a book.
The library collects audio books on compact disc, and provides access to audio books that can be downloaded to your MP3 player. The library also provides access to eBooks which can be downloaded or read online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Audio Books on CD
Searching for Audio Books on CD
To search for specific authors or book titles in CD format, visit the KPL Catalogue.
(1) Click the "Advanced Search" link just below the main search box.
(2) Choose Keyword (default), Title, Subject or Author.
(3) Enter your search in the search box.
(4) Click the box next to "Format", and select "Audiobook on CD".
(5) Click the "Search" button.
Audio books on CD by Title
Click here to browse our collection in alphabetical order.
Audio books on CD by Date
Click here to browse our collection from newest to oldest.
See the latest CDs added to our collection in our Featured Lists.
Audio Books on MP3 CD
(Main Library only)
A new format is now available at the Main Library. They are audiobooks on CD, but the difference with those CDs we already have is that the whole book is on one CD! The collection is introduced at Main (and housed on the main floor near the other audiobooks on CD) but customers may request individual titles to be sent to any branch location.
What is an MP3 CD?
An MP3 CD is a disc that contains compressed audio files. Because the files are compressed, more audio can fit on an MP3 CD than on a standard compact disc. The average audiobook is usually recorded on about eight compact discs. This same audiobook may be contained within one MP3 CD. Generally, an audiobook of ten compact discs can be stored on one MP3 CD.
Where can I play an MP3 CD?
MP3 CDs are played in the same way as standard CDs. The difference is that special hardware or drives are needed to read them correctly. In computers the CD/DVD drive is already set to accept MP3 CDs. Newer home and automobile CD/DVD players also have the hardware needed to read MP3 CDs. Since most new cars since 2006 are equipped with players that are MP3 compatible, that’s about 20–25% of the cars currently on the road.
Why would I want to borrow MP3 CDs?
The average audiobook listener will love having only one disc to handle, rather than 8, 9, or 10! There’s no need to switch discs while driving. They will have a more enjoyable listening experience and a much safer trip.
Downloadable Audio Books
Now you can take a good book with you anywhere you go. With our popular Audio Book download services, you can enjoy a good book on your MP3 player while driving, exercising, or simply relaxing.
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Listen to Audio Books Online
KPL offers access to several services which allow you to listen to books online. These provide not only a great way to enjoy a book, but also an excellent learning tool for those who seek to improve their reading skills.
An online collection of streaming audio books for all ages. Listen to books in many different categories: fiction, non-fiction, children's books and more. Books are never 'on hold' and there is no need to download.
Online read-along books for children, where sentences are highlighted as they are read by the storyteller. Listen to a story, do a puzzle, play a game and much, much more!
An online collection of read-along titles geared toward elementary and high school students, featuring adjustable online text, sentance highlighting and complete audio narration.
Read or Download eBooks
Access thousands of books anywhere, at anytime, from any computer connected to the Internet. You can use our eBook services to read online, or download ebooks to your computer or handheld device.
KPL's eBook collection includes fiction of all genres, as well as subject-specific non-fiction, learning materials, technical guides and more.
Click here to start looking for eBooks.