eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines
We now offer a wide range of downloadable digital media including eBooks and eAudiobooks for loan and eMagazines which you can download and keep. eBooks will work on most mobile devices (a notable exception is the Amazon Kindle). eAudiobooks should work on any device that can play MP3 files.
We have expanded our range of eBooks and eAudiobooks and these are now available from two providers.
Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks
Overdrive is easy to use with your library card and PIN, if you don’t have a library card or don’t know your PIN, please visit one of our libraries.
You can choose from an expanding range of fiction, non-fiction, teenage and children's eBooks and eAudiobooks and they are all free. Just browse our catalogue or search for a title, if you can’t find what you want, you can also ‘recommend’ a title to us and we will consider it for purchase.
- eBooks can be downloaded, read on a computer or transferred to a suitable eReader
- eAudiobooks can be downloaded, played on your computer or transferred to a device which plays MP3 files. (Please note that it is not possible to download eBooks or eAudiobooks using library computers).
Computer users: Follow the Overdrive quick link above to login and borrow.
Smartphone or tablet users: Download the free Overdrive app from your app store to borrow and read/play (Please note that the Amazon Kindle eReader does not currently support library eBook loans).
The default loan period for these materials is 21 days but you can change your preference to 14 or 7 day loans by selecting ‘My Account’ then ‘Settings’. You can also return your loans early but don’t worry, there are never any overdue charges because eLoans will automatically return when they expire.
Like paper books, eBooks and eAudiobooks can only be borrowed by one person at a time. If you want to borrow a book that is currently on loan, it is free to request it. You will be notified by email when it becomes available, or you can turn on automatic borrowing on your account settings. You have three days to borrow your title, from the day you receive the email.
For further advice and guidance, please see the eBooks help pages.
Computer users: Follow the Ulverscroft quick link above to register, logon and borrow.
Smartphone or tablet users: Download the free uLIBRARY app from your app store to register and borrow:
First time use - register:
- Logon – simply enter your library card number and pin
- Browse – browse the catalogue, choose your selection and borrow
- Download the files from your account
- Listen on your computer or device.
Ulverscroft eAudiobooks are available for 21 day loans or they can be returned early. There are no overdue fines because eBooks and eAudiobooks automatically return when the loan period ends. You can listen to sound clips before downloading your chosen title.
Like paper books, eAudiobooks can only be borrowed by one person at a time. If you want to borrow a book that is currently on loan, it is free to request it. You will be notified by email when it becomes available, or you can turn on automatic borrowing on your account settings. The item will then be available in your account ready to download to your device.
Further help is available on the Ulverscroft website.
Using your library card and pin number you can select from a range of popular eMagazines, and read full digital editions on a computer or mobile device for free. If you don’t have a library card or don’t know your PIN, please visit one of our libraries.
Computer users - to login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read eMagazines on your computer you need Zinio software, which is available free via the quick link above.
Smartphone or tablet users – to login and select an eMagazine follow the quick link above. To read your eMagazine you will need to get the free Zinio app from your apps store.
Your Zinio account allows you to read eMagazines online or offline, or on mobile devices through the free Zinio app. You should receive email notification when new issues of your selected eMagazines are available. There are no limits to the number of magazines you can download and once downloaded they are yours to keep.
Note: you may see magazine prices displayed on Zinio. This is because you can also buy eMagazines from them. So remember, to get your eMagazine for free, you must use the Leicester Libraries eMagazines service.
For further advice and guidance, please see the eMagazines help pages.
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