The Kindle screen uses E-Ink Technology and it is not backlit which makes it easy on the eyes and it can be read in bright sunlight! When it is idle or you press the power button to turn it off, it will display a screensaver image like the one above rather than a blank screen.

The screen is not a touchscreen. Use the buttons on the bottom and sides of the Kindle to navigate.

Photo via Mikel Agirregabiria / CC BY -NC -ND 2.0

How do I borrow a Kindle?

Come to the Jerome Library circulation desk anytime we are open to check out a Kindle. 

Any BGSU patron can check out a Kindle: current students, faculty, or staff. 

  • If they are all checked out, call us at 419-372-2051 or email us at to put your name on a waiting list.
  • Kindles check out for a 3 week period. If you want to renew it for another 3 weeks, bring it to the circulation desk. We will look at the waiting list and check it out to you again if no one is waiting.
  • When checking out a Kindle, you will be given the Kindle in a case and a small bag with the charging cord. Please return all pieces together. Return the Kindle to the circulation desk, not in the book drop slot.

More information about using a Kindle

Check out these resources for more information about using our Kindles. Call us at 419-372-2051 or email us at if you have any questions!

Contemporary Fiction

Each Kindle comes pre-loaded with all the books listed on this page! With current best-sellers as well as a selection of classics, we hope to provide something to delight every reader.



Divergent - Veronica Roth





Allegiant - Veronica Roth





Insurgent - Veronica Roth




Life after Life

Life after Life - Kate Atkinson




The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak





Home - Toni Morrison




A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin




The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp




The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green




The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars - Peter Heller




The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson




Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell




The Hobbit

The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien




The Innocent

The Innocent - David Baldacci




A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin




Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn




I, Michael Bennett

I, Michael Bennett - James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge




Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station - China Miéville




The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins




Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen; Seth Grahame-Smith




The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde




Into the Forest

Into the Forest - Jean Hegland




The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing - Jennifer Weiner




Calico Joe

Calico Joe - John Grisham




The Help

The Help - Kathryn Stockett




The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini




The Lost Years

The Lost Years - Mary Higgins Clark




Safe Haven

Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks




Low Pressure

Low Pressure - Sandra Brown




Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith





Midnight - Sister Souljah




The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky




The Long Walk

The Long Walk - Stephen King




The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson




A Fool's Gold Christmas

A Fool's Gold Christmas - Susan Mallery




Catching Fire

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins




Wicked Business

Wicked Business - Janet Evanovich





Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins





Adverbs - Daniel Handler




The Beekeeper's Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R. King




The Bone Bed

The Bone Bed - Patricia Cornwell




The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling




Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants - Ken Follett




A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin




A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin




A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin


Classic Titles

All of these books are available as a free download because their copyright has expired. Follow the link to download a copy to read on your personal Kindle, your computer, or a smartphone. They are pre-loaded on every one of the library's Kindles.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Aeneid of Virgil

Age of Innocence

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Anna Karenina

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of the Island


Around the World in 80 Days

At the Mountains of Madness

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Black Beauty

Brothers Karamazov

Bulfinch's Mythology

The Call of Cthulhu

Call of the Wild

The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems

Civil Disobedience

Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Daisy Miller

Damsel in Distress


The Elements of Style



Federalist Papers

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew


A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

The Golden Bough

Gulliver's Travels

Heart of Darkness


Hound of the Baskervilles

House of Mirth

Howard's End

Importance of Being Earnest

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

The Island of Doctor Moreau


Jacob's Room

Jane Eyre

The Jungle

Jungle Book

King Solomon's Mines

Leaves of Grass

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Little Men

A Little Princess

Little Women

Madame Bovary

Mansfield Park




My Antonia

My Man Jeeves

Mysterious Affair at Styles

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

O Pioneers!

Of Human Bondage

On the Origin of Species


Paradise Lost


Peter Pan

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Pride and Prejudice


Queen Victoria

The Railway Children

The Red Badge of Courage

Right Ho, Jeeves

Robinson Crusoe

Scarlet Letter

Secret Adversary

The Secret Garden

Seven Little Australians

Shakespeare's Sonnets


The Sign of the Four

Silas Marner

Sons and Lovers

The Souls of Black Folk

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Study in Scarlet

Tale of Two Cities

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Three Musketeers

The Time Machine

This Side of Paradise

Through the Looking-Glass

Thus Spake Zarathustra


Treasure Island

The Turn of the Screw

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Uneasy Money

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography


Vanity Fair



War of the Worlds

The Waste Land

The Way We Live Now

White Fang

The Wind in the Willows

Winesburg, Ohio

Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Wuthering Heights

The Yellow Wallpaper