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Digital library

3. eBooks and eAudiobooks

The eBook and eAudiobook library (Borrow Box) is available to library members with a valid Lancashire postcode.

eBooks

Our eBook collection is provided by BorrowBox. You can borrow up to 6 titles for 14 days, and these can be renewed twice.

Borrow eBooks from BorrowBox

You will need:

  • Your library card number and library PIN and your email address to login and register for the first time.
  • You can then log in each time with your library number and PIN.
  • This same account can also be used for BorrowBox eAudiobooks.
  • Free software and apps are available for you to read eBooks on computers, smartphones and tablets or transfer them to eReaders*.

eAudiobooks

We have two collections of eAudiobooks available from BorrowBox and from RBdigital. You can borrow up to 6 titles from each, for 14 days, and these can be renewed twice. You will need to register separately for each service.

Borrow eAudiobooks from BorrowBox

You will need:

  • Your library card number and library PIN and your email address to login and register for the first time.
  • You can then log in each time with your library number and PIN.
  • This same account can also be used for BorrowBox eBooks.
  • Free software and apps are available for you to listen to eAudiobooks on computers, smartphones and tablets or transfer them to music players.

Borrow eAudiobooks from RBdigital

You will need:

  • Your library card number and library PIN and your email address to login and register for the first time.
  • You can then log in each time with a username and password.
  • This same account can also be used for RBdigital eMagazines, Comics and eNewspapers.
  • Free apps are available for you to listen to eAudiobooks on smartphones and tablets or transfer them to music players. You can also listen on a computer.

Reservations

If an eBook or eAudiobook is out on loan you can reserve it.

As soon as the reserved item becomes available it will be borrowed automatically, will appear in your account and the loan period begins and you'll get an email notification.

Returns

You don't need to return eBooks and eAudiobooks, they will automatically expire and be removed from your account. If you have read your book before it expires you can return it early so you can borrow more and someone else can read it.

*eReaders

You can read Library eBooks on most eReaders but not Amazon Kindle eReaders (e.g. Kindle Touch or Paperwhite) however, you can use the Amazon Fire (formerly Kindle Fire) device.

You can't download Library eBooks wirelessly to your eReader, you will need to download them to a computer first then transfer them to an eReader.

Need Help?

If you are having trouble logging in, please report it here.

Overdue books, outstanding charges and expired accounts, may temporarily prevent you from logging in to your BorrowBox or RBdigital account.

We have produced a series of step-by-step guides to getting started with our eBook library: 

Newsletters

When you first log in, you can choose whether to receive newsletters by email. 

You can also sign up to the Lancashire BorrowBox enewsletter.

You can change this setting at any time by going to 'My Account' (or 'Account Settings' in the app).

More eBooks

World Book Online also gives you access to a wide range of informative non-fiction and fiction eBooks for all ages on a host of topics including biographies, crafts, early readers, history, science and classic literature. These can easily be read in your browser on computer or portable device. Just use your library card to login.

Your Lancashire library membership also gives you access to 1100 reference and non-fiction eBooks on a huge range of subjects that you can search and read online at Credo Reference. Just log in with your library card number. You can share, print and save excerpts.

Recommended websites for Reading eBooks (external link)

  • There are many more sources for eBooks on the World Wide Web. The 'Reading eBooks' section of our Good Web Guide provide information on some you might find useful.
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