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Search and read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

Coronavirus (COVID-19): eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine updates

You can still borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines while libraries are closed.

You can freely browse our catalogue. However, to borrow or reserve from the hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines we have on offer, you must first join the library.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

You can borrow or reserve up to 6 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks at a time, each for up to 21 days. Use your account to renew your loans, return items early and reserve items if they're currently on loan. 

You can also access children's eBooks and eAudiobooks by following the instructions below.

How to download, read and listen to eBooks and eAudiobooks

  1. You'll need your library card number so that you can create an account. If you're not already a library member you can join the library online and use your membership number to access eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away. Join the library

  2. Using Apple or Android devices: to get eBooks and eAudiobooks on a mobile device, download the BorrowBox app.
    BorrowBox app on the Apple App Store. BorrowBox app on Google Play.   

  3. Using Amazon Fire devices: to get eBooks and eAudiobooks on your Amazon Fire, you'll need to allow apps from unknown sources. Find out how to allow apps from unknown sources and download the BorrowBox app on Amazon Fire devices

  4. Using laptops or computers: if you're using a laptop or desktop computer, you can browse and download eBooks and eAudiobooks on BorrowBox. See section 8 for returning books.

  5. Once you’ve installed the app, search for Rochdale Libraries in the ‘Library’ field and log in using your library membership card number and 4-digit PIN. If you've just joined, you can use your temporary membership number in place of a library membership number.

  6. Browse the collection of books.
    For Android devices: to refine your searches, simply choose eAudiobooks or eBooks. Then at the top right you should see '…more eAudiobooks/eBooks' with a number indicating how many are available to you. Clicking this takes you to lists where you can swipe left and right and filter by category, genre, age group, popularity, new releases and so on.

    For iOS devices: to refine your searches simply search under eAudiobooks or eBooks, you should see filtering options at the top of the screen including Categories.

  7. Borrowed titles appear in your Loans section. From your Loans section, tap the title cover to open it.

  8. Returning items.
    Using an app: if you're using the app the items will automatically be removed from your device, and you won't need to manually delete them.

    Using laptops or computers: if you're downloading titles using the website, you'll need to manually return the items, this is if you've downloaded an eBook and opened it in Adobe Digital Editions. You'll need to return the item by right-clicking the item in the ADE 'shelf' function, and selecting return.

  9. You can renew items 3 days before the expiry day. The loan expires you can't renew it but you can borrow it again if the copy hasn't been borrowed by another library user.

  10. If you've any questions about using BorrowBox, email their support team at If you're using the BorrowBox app, you can go to settings and select 'send feedback' to ask them a question. 


You can read full digital copies of your favourite magazines on your computer or mobile device. You can borrow an unlimited number of magazines for up to 3 weeks. If you wish to keep a magazine for longer, you can renew it.

How to download and read eMagazines on the Libby app

On Tuesday, 30 March 2021, eMagazines moved from RBdigital to a new app called the Libby app. If this is your first time reading eMagazines, please use these instructions to download and read eMagazines.

If you currently use the old RBdigital app for eMagazines, you'll have until Friday, 30 April 2021 to switch to the new app using the instructions on this page.View the moving to the Libby App FAQ for more information.

  1. You'll need your library card number so that you can create an account. If you're not already a library member, you can join the library online and use your membership number to access eMagazines straight away. Join the library

  2. Using Apple or Android devices: to view eMagazines on a mobile device, download the Libby app.
    Libby app on the Apple App Store. Libby app on Google Play.   
    Unfortunately, the Libby app may not work correctly if you're using some older Android devices. This is because Google doesn't update the operating system. If you're experiencing problems, our supplier recommends you use a newer device to read eMagazines.

  3. Using Amazon Fire devices: to get eMagazines on your Amazon Fire device, download the Libby app from Amazon  
  4. Using laptops or computers: if you're using Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Microsoft Edge, you can search and read eMagazines on the website.

  5. When you open the Libby app for the first time, follow the instructions on screen to find Rochdale Libraries. Then you'll need to sign in using your library membership card number and 4-digit PIN. If you've just joined, you can use your temporary membership number in place of your library membership card number.

  6. You can then explore the range of eMagazines and borrow titles straight away. Click on a magazine to open and start reading. There's no need to reserve eMagazines as there's no limit to the number of users who can read them at the same item.

  7. Borrowed items appear in the 'Shelf' section. You can quickly view the last eMagazine you were reading by selecting the 'Current Read' button.

  8. Loans are automatically returned on their due date, so you never need to worry about late fees. You can select 'Manage Loan' to see the options for each title, such as renewing or returning early.

  9. If you've any questions about using the Libby app, visit their support page to view their user guide, find answers to frequently asked questions or submit a question online. Libby app support


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So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

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It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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