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Library book order and collect service

Find out how to order and collect books whilst we remain closed. For all other service changes, go to our service updates page.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

Eaudio Ebook

We offer a wide range of downloadable digital media such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics for loan.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

  • eBooks can be downloaded, read on a computer or transferred to a suitable portable device (not compatible with Kindle eReaders).
  • eAudiobooks can be downloaded, played on your computer or transferred to a device which plays MP3 files.
  • Loan period is 21 days
  • Items are returned automatically or can be returned early if required
  • You can choose from a growing range of adult fiction, non-fiction, teenage and children's eBooks and eAudiobooks and they are all free

Please note that it is not possible to download eBooks or eAudiobooks using library computers.

BorrowBox eAudiobooks

BorrowBox is a convenient, accessible way to borrow eAudiobooks for your personal device.

It is recommended to download and listen to eAudiobooks in the BorrowBox App using your smart device, as the easiest and simplest way to access great eAudio titles. However, you can also listen to eAudiobook titles from your computer or other portable devices.

You will need to login using your Library Card and PIN and will then be able to search and download titles from the collection. There are help pages within the site.

In the ‘My Account’ section there is a feedback area where you can:

  • Contact BorrowBox for technical help
  • Recommend titles for purchase if you can’t find what you want

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 contact one of our libraries.

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.

Libby is the OverDrive app; it is available from both main app stores and can be used on your mobile device for both eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Once you have logged in using your library card and pin number, either on the app, via your PC or laptop, you can begin browsing and borrowing titles from our catalogue.

For further advice and guidance, please see the OverDrive help pages.

RBdigital eMagazines and comics

Using your library card and pin number you can select from a range of popular eMagazines/comics 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 or comic follow the quick link above. To read eMagazines/comics on your computer you need RBdigital software, which is available free via the quick link above.

Smartphone or tablet users: to login and select an eMagazine or comic follow the quick link above. To read your eMagazine/comic you will need to get the free RBdigital app from your apps store.

Your RBdigital account allows you to read eMagazines and comics online or offline, or on mobile devices through the free RBdigital app. You should receive email notification when new issues of your selected eMagazines are available. There are no limits to the number of titles you can download and once downloaded they are yours to keep.

Note: you may see prices displayed on RBdigital. This is because you can also buy eMagazines and comics from them. Therefore to get your titles for free, you must use the Leicester Libraries eMagazines and comics service.

For further advice and guidance, please see the eMagazines help pages.

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