eBooks, eAudio and online reference resources

eBooks and eAudio

If you're a library member, you can download and read or listen to books online from our eBooks and eAudio website

There's a good range of books to choose from, including fiction, non-fiction, children's books, and audio books. You can borrow up to eight titles at a time for up to three weeks.  

Our eAudio and eBook service is free for Barnsley Libraries members. If you're not already a library member it's easy to join online or at a library branch.

You’ll need your library membership number and PIN to login or register for an online account to use eBooks and eAudio. If you don’t have a PIN call into your local library with some identity.

Libby app

You can download the Libby app to borrow from our eBooks and eAudio service, directly to your mobile or tablet. Libby is available on iOS or Android devices. 

For help on getting started with the Libby app see our library video help guides.

If you're using a Kindle Fire tablet you can use the OverDrive app.

Digital magazines

Our digital service, RBdigital for Libraries, offers library members full-colour digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. The collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no loan periods, and no limits.

You can take a look at the useful video of how to download magazines via the RBdigital app.  

Reference collections

Library members can have free instant access to some online reference collections.  You will need to login with your membership number.

You can use the following resources at home: 



Encyclopaedia Britannica  Contains articles, a world atlas, a dictionary and thousands of images and videos, customised for students to use. 
Britannica eSafety Guide Introduces everything that you need to know in order to help children and teenagers to understand the risks and stay safe when using the internet. The guide is intended for those in the early years of secondary school, though the information is also useful to people of all ages, including parents and teachers, and includes advice for using social networks and forums safely and avoiding risk when playing games and researching online.
Britannica Library Student For students aged 10 to 14 years
Britannica Library Junior For children aged 5 to 10 years
Life in Great Britain Online learning for the official UK Citizenship Test.
Oxford Art Authoritative art reference source.
Oxford Bibliographies Victorian literature and British and Irish Literature
Oxford Dictionaries Pro  Online dictionaries and thesauruses.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography A biography of the people who have shaped Britain’s past from the fourth century BC to the present day. 
Oxford English Dictionary A guide to the meaning and history of over half a million words, constantly updated from English language sources worldwide.
Oxford Music Authoritative music reference source. 
Oxford Reference Online Collection of over 200 reference books.
Theory Test Pro Preparation for your Driving Theory Test (licensed from the DVSA).
Very Short Introductions online Search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic or revise a particular subject. 

The following reference resources are free to use in our libraries only.  You'll need your membership number to login:



Access to Research Over 1.5 million free articles including art, business, engineering, history and politics. 
Ancestry Collection of family history records.  UK Census from 1851 to 1901.
The British Newspaper Archive Explore hundreds of national, regional and local newspapers dating from the 1700s to 2000s. To sign up for an account click 'register' and complete the 'tell us about you' section on the registration page.
The Sound Doctor A website developed to help people understand and manage their long term conditions better, via a series of short films.  Conditions covered are: back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, weight loss surgery, heart failure and diabetes. 
Find my past Contains the 1939 register, UK parish records, newspapers articles and more to help you to research your family history.