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eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines


We now offer a wide range of downloadable digital media. These include eBooks and eAudiobooks for loan. We also have eMagazines which you can download and keep.

Our digital media will work on most mobile devices (a notable exception is the Amazon Kindle). eAudiobooks should work on any device that can play MP3 files.

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).
  • 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.
Overdrive is very easy to use and 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 eBooks help pages.

Ulverscroft eAudiobooks

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.

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. So remember, 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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