Digital library

3. eBooks and eAudiobooks

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

Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks

You will need:

  • Your library card number and library PIN
  • Your email address (if you are logging in for the first time)
  • The right software or app to read or play your book (free software and apps are available for computers, smartphones and tablets)

Borrowing and renewals

You can borrow up to 6 eBooks and 8 eAudiobooks for 14 days. You can renew books once for a further 14 days.

You cannot use this service if you have charges on your account over a month old or more than £6.


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.

Tablets and smartphones

You can download Library eBooks and eAudiobooks wirelessly and read or listen to them on smartphones and tablets including Kindle Fire.

You will need to download the BorrowBox app on your tablet or smartphone before you download an eBook or eAudiobook.

Music players and CDs

You can transfer eAudiobooks to most audio players, USB drives or CD.

PCs and laptops

You can read or listen to books on a PC or laptop. If you don't already have it, you will need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions software. There is a link to this when you click on 'Download' within the BorrowBox website.


If an eBook or eAudiobook is out on loan you can reserve it. Reservations count as one loan. You will need to have available space in your loans to reserve items.

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.


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.

Need Help?

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

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


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

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.

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