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eBooks, audiobooks and magazines

You can borrow thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free using Overdrive from the London Libraries Consortium. You can also read magazines online using Rbdigital (formerly Zinio). All you need is your Hackney library card. If you are not a library member, join the library today.

Listen to audiobooks with Ulverscroft Digital (uLIBRARY)

Listen to sound clips of bestselling titles and download them to your mp3 device, smartphone, iPod or iPad. Login with your library card number and PIN, browse, and click on ‘borrow’ to start enjoying your book. Access also available through the Ulverscroft Digital app which is free in the Google Play store and Apple App store.

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Download audiobooks with BorrowBox

BorrowBox offers free access to a wide range of eAudiobooks for you to browse, borrow and listen to through a simple app for smartphones and tablets. You can also download your eAudiobooks to your PC or Mac for use with your iPod or other mp3 player. You can borrow four titles at any one time, and these will automatically expire at the end of the three-week loan period.

Simply login with your library card number and PIN to access the collection. You can also get the free BorrowBox app from Google Play store or the iTunes App store. If you use a Windows phone or tablet, you can download them direct from the website.

View BorrowBox library

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks using Overdrive

With Overdrive you can browse an extensive e-library and then download eBooks or audiobooks to your PC or Apple Mac.

You can enjoy them immediately or transfer the titles to tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, iPods and many other devices. Some audio books can also be burned to CD.

How to use

  1. select the book you want to borrow and then click borrow
  2. select Hackney from the drop-down list of libraries
  3. enter your library card number and PIN (if you don’t know your PIN, you can ask for this at any Hackney library)

You can borrow up to 5 items for one, two or three weeks.

There are no overdue charges, the digital media automatically ‘returns’ itself.

View Overdrive library

Overdrive app

You can also download eBooks and audiobooks direct to your smartphone or tablet using the Overdrive Libby app:

  1. Overdrive for Android
  2. Overdrive for iPhone and iPad
  3. Overdrive for Windows Phone

Visit the Overdrive help page for help and guidance on how to use the service.

Read magazines online using Rbdigital (formerly Zinio

Access hundreds of popular magazines free of charge. You can read them on your computer or download them onto a tablet or smartphone for offline viewing. There are over 230 titles available. You can check out and download as many issues as you like and keep them as long as you wish. You must have a valid library card to use this service. Visit your device’s app store to update your existing Zinio app or search for ‘RBdigital’ to install the new app so you can listen/read on the go.

View Rbdigital library

Page updated on: 9 May 2019

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