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eBooks

​​​​​​​​​If you are a member of Cardiff Libraries you can borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines 24 hours a day, and access a range of other electronic resources from home and within the Hubs and Libraries. 
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If you are not a library member find out how to join Cardiff Libraries​.

You can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, newspapers and magazines from:
  • BorrowBox
  • Libby, by OverDrive
  • Press Reader
 

Please note: you can use these services on most devices, however Amazon kindle is not compatible. 

 
To browse, borrow and reserve you will need your library card number and PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN please contact us​. Please include your library card number in your message.​

BorrowBox

BorrowBox makes it easy to browse, borrow and read the library's eBooks and eAudiobooks.

You can reserve or download up to 10 eBooks and eAudiobooks for free using BorrowBox. You can borrow books for up to 21 days.

 
If you are using a PC or laptop you can visit the BorrowBox website​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window to download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your device. 

To read eBooks you will need Adobe Digital Editions. eAudiobooks can be imported to iTunes or Windows Media Player and transferred to an MP3 player or eReader.

Libby, by OverDrive

Libby, by OverDrive is a free app that lets you borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and magazines from the library.

You can reserve or download up to 16 eBooks, eAudiobooks and magazines using Libby. You can borrow books for up to 21 days.

If you are using a smart phone or tablet, you can:
 
If you are using a PC or laptop you can visit the OverDrive website.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window You can read magazines and eBooks in your browser. You can also download eBooks in EPUB format using Adobe Digital Editions. You can listen to eAudiobooks in your browser, or you can download them as an MP3 file.

PressReader

You can access digital newspapers and magazines using PressReader.

If you are using a smart phone or tablet, you can:
 

You can also access PressReader newspapers using the ‘extras’ tab on the Libby, by OverDrive app. PressReader magazines are not available using the Libby app.


eReference materials available include:

  • IELTS
  • Encyclopaedia Britanica
  • Historical newspapers via Gale Primary Resources and British Newspaper Archive
  • The Times Digital Newspaper Archive
  • Ancestry.com – Library Edition (temporarily available from home)
 
If you are accessing these from home or using your own computer you may need to log in to via the catalogue using your Library Card number and PIN.

If you are accessing these from a Cardiff Public Library you will have immediate access to all these services. 

The following resources are only accessible from a PC within the Hubs and Libraries:
 
  • Find My Past​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Contact us

If you have any questions about library services, or if you have forgotten your PIN, you can contact us using this form.​ Please include your library card number in your message.

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