Commonwealth eBook Collections

The Massachusetts Library System has created a catalog of eBooks and historical documents called Commonwealth eBook Collections. 

The CeC collection that includes B&T Axis 360, Biblioboard, and EBL  will be changing as ofJuly 1.  The MLS CeC Steering committee voted to discontinue these collections and is contracting with Overdrive to provide a statewide platform that would allow sharing of ebooks across library network lines.  More details on how this will work as we move forward.

There are three vendors providing content for this collection, each with their own app which you can access by clicking on the image links below: 


Baker & Taylor – one of the largest distributors of books and media in the country.


Biblioboard – a new company that curates digital content of all kinds from all around the world.


EBL – a company that focuses on academic and research titles.

There are apps for each of these providers, and the content from Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 and EBL can be accessed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, while the content from Biblioboard can be accessed on your computer or tablet, but not a smartphone.

The following handouts will help you learn the basics of using these collections.

The Commonwealth eBook Collection is brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library, funded in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Other eBook Resources

  • C/W MARS Digital Catalog
    Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks for free with your library card. Can be used with most devices and computers.

  • Project Gutenberg
    Offers a large collection of public-domain eBooks in formats that can be used by almost any computer or eReader.