eBooks and Audiobooks @NJSL

Enjoy reading eBooks or digital audiobooks?  State employees and Thomas Edison State University (TESU) staff, students and mentors may use their New Jersey State Library Card to access over 21,000 fiction and non-fiction digital books for free via eLibraryNJ, a collection shared by many library systems in New Jersey, including the State Library.  Public users may check the member list to see if their local public library is part of eLibraryNJ.  If yes, you may use your public library card to access the same collection of books.

The eLibraryNJ collection includes:

  • Bestselling works (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
  • Popular authors
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Book series

You may browse selections from both the eBook and audiobook collection online without checking out or reading any items.


In order to read our eBooks or audiobooks in eLibraryNJ, download the Libby app to your phone, tablet or other device.  Wondering if your device is compatible? Check the device profiles.








If you have any problems with the Libby app, OverDrive’s help page is a fantastic resource with detailed videos, images, and clear instructions to assist in resolving issues.










If State Library authorized users need further assistance, please feel free contact the Reference Department. Public users should reach out to their local library.

We hope you enjoy our offerings via eLibraryNJ!

Are you looking for eReference resources?  Read on to learn about the State Library’s eBook Reference Collection!

The New Jersey State Library has an extensive collection of reference eBooks and reference databases that provide information on a wide range of topics.  Visitors to the library may access Reference eBooks onsite; however, remote access to eReference materials is restricted to State Library authorized users: state employees and, unless otherwise noted, Thomas Edison State University staff, students and mentors. Authorized users needing a State Library access card, should complete the appropriate online registration form.

Four Ways to Access NJSL Reference eBooks:

NJSL Research GuideReference Online and in Print  is an introduction to the New Jersey State Library’s print and electronic Reference Collection.   The guide, which is accessible from the State Library’s Research Guides page, provides direct links to Reference eBooks and Reference databases.

New Jersey State Library catalog – All New Jersey State Library Reference eBook titles are cataloged. Use Advanced Search, enter your keyword term and limit your search to the Books-Electronic collection.

eBooks on EBSCOhost – This database of over 15,600 eBooks, includes a growing number of Reference eBooks. To identify Reference eBooks, use the Browse Category

Reference eBook Databases: Salem Press Online & Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVL)
are Reference eBook databases.  Patrons may search for reference resources and download .pdf copies of materials without having to use their library card to checkout.

Salem Press Online, which is accessible from the Research Library Databases page offers access to reference materials published by Salem Press and Greystone on health, science, social science, American history, and business.  Available content includes:

  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • The Historical Encyclopedia of American Business
  • Defining Documents in American History: Eras
  • Defining Documents in American History: Themes, Great Events from History, Opinions Throughout History, Milestone Documents, and Principles of Business, Science, and Sociology

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of over 100 premier reference eBooks covering business, education, the environment, history, medicine, religion, science and social science. Available content includes:

  • Business Plans Handbooks    (series)
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
  • Everyday Finance: Economics
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Personal Money Management and Entrepreneurship
  • West’s Encyclopedia of American Law


The New Jersey State Library offers thousands of free eResources for research or recreation.  We hope you find our digital items useful and are happy to help you navigate them if you need assistance.  Please contact us at the Reference Department for any questions.