Borrow electronic books and audiobooks 

eBooks and eAudiobooks are electronic versions of books and audiobooks. Members can read and listen to books and comics online through our 2 eBook services called BorrowBox and Overdrive.

How to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks

If you're a library member you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Borrowbox. You can also borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines from Libby. 

Both of these services have an app and a website.

Find out how to access all of our free online resources.


You can use Borrowbox on the following devices:

  • Apple iPhones and iPads
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Kindle Fire, but not other Kindle devices

It does work with the Kobo eReader, but you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions onto a PC (personal computer) or Apple Mac.

You can only access Borrowbox if you have an active library membership. If your library account has expired, you will not be able to log in to Borrowbox.

You can renew your library membership by emailing us at or by calling 01273 290 800.

How to download and use the BorrowBox app

  1. Download BorrowBox from the Apple App Store for iOS, from Google Play for Android, or the Amazon App Store for the Kindle (Please note only Kindle Fire is compatible with BorrowBox)
  2. Once you’ve downloaded BorrowBox, select Brighton & Hove City Libraries
  3. Enter your library card number, PIN and email address

You can find the full instructions on how to download BorrowBox on the BorrowBox website.

How to use BorrowBox on a computer

  1. You’ll need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer to download eBooks, this is free to install
  2. Go to the BorrowBox website
  3. Enter your library card number, PIN and email address

How to borrow and reserve items on BorrowBox

You can borrow up to 10 items at once. This is a maximum of 5 eBooks and 5 eAudiobooks.

We count any reservations you make as part of your 10 items. This is because we transfer your reserved items into your borrowed items when they’re available.

We don’t charge for reserving items on BorrowBox. 

If you haven’t returned your items by the time they’re due, you’ll no longer have access to them. This means there are no overdue fees. You’ll also have the option to renew your items.

Libby - Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics

Our RBdigital service has now moved to a new platform called Libby, part of OverDrive.

The first time you open Libby, you will need to register your details. To do this:

  1. Click the face icon
  2. Search for Brighton & Hove Libraries.
  3. Click Add A Library Card
  4. Click Enter Your Account Details
  5. Add your card number and click Next – (not a member? Join the library online)
  6. Add your PIN – (lost your PIN? Reset your PIN)

Mobile Devices

eReader (Sony, Kobo, NOOK, etc)


Kindle eReaders (for example, Kindle Paperwhite) will not work with Overdrive in the UK

If you have a Kindle Fire tablet, you can access books through the OverDrive app for Kindle from Amazon.

MP3 Player

Windows Computer

Mac Computer