Libraries

eBooks and eAudio

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

There's a great 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.  

You’ll need your library card number and PIN to register for an online account to use eBooks and eAudio. If you don’t have your library PIN just visit your local library with some ID to get it.

The Libby app

If you've got an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone you can download the Libby app to borrow books directly on your device. For help getting started with Libby take a look at our video guide below to using eBooks and eAudio.

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

Digital magazines

Our library members can read full-colour magazines on our digital magazines website.

The collection includes popular new and back-list titles with no holds, no loan periods and no limits.

To download magazines you'll need to register for an online account; you'll need your library card number to do this.

The RBdigital app

If you've got an Android or iOS tablet or smartphone, or a Kindle Fire, you can use the RBdigital app to download magazines directly to your device.

Reference collections

Library members have free instant access to some online reference collections. You'll need to log in with your membership number.

Resources available inside and outside the library

Resource

Description

Encyclopaedia Britannica  Articles, world atlas, 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, although the information is useful to people of all ages, including parents and teachers. It includes advice for using social networks and forums safely and avoiding risks when playing games and researching online.
Britannica Library Student For students aged 10 to 14.
Britannica Library Junior For children aged 5 to 10.
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 Search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic or revise a particular subject. 

 

Resources available inside the library only

Resource

Description

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.
Find My Past Contains the 1939 register, UK parish records, newspapers articles and more to help you to research your family history.
The British Newspaper Archive Explore hundreds of national, regional and local newspapers dating from the 1700s to 2000s.

To sign up for an account choose 'register' and complete the 'tell us about you' section on the registration page.
The Sound Doctor A website to help people understand and manage long term health conditions better, via a series of short films. Conditions covered include back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dementia, obesity and diabetes.