The Library

E-books

How to borrow and read our e-books.

Read online
You don’t need to borrow/download the e-books to read them; they are also available to read online. If you are not at the library, you can log in using your library card. To our e-books.

Download an e-book to your computer
To download e-books, you need to set up an account with our e-book provider Ebsco.

1. Click on Log in at the top of the page in Ebscohost.
2. Select 'Set up new account'.
3. Enter your details, click on 'Save changes' and then 'Continue'. Create a user account with Adobe. Install an e-book application, e.g. Adobe Digital Editions, on your computer and log in using your Adobe account.

Download an e-book to your e-reader via a computer
Borrow and download an e-book to your computer as above. Connect the e-reader to the computer to authorise it for your Adobe account in the e-book application. Use the e-book application to transfer the e-book from the computer to your e-reader, e.g. by dragging and dropping.

Borrow and download an e-book to your computer as above. Connect the e-reader to the computer to authorise it for your Adobe account in the e-book application. Use the e-book application to transfer the e-book from the computer to your e-reader, e.g. by dragging and dropping.

Some e-readers offer a WiFi connection so you can borrow and download e-books straight to the e-reader without going via a computer. You will need to authorise your e-reader for your Adobe account the first time you borrow an e-book. If you have a Sony e-reader, you will have to use their e-book application Reader.

Download an e-book to a smartphone or tablet
Install an app, e.g. Bluefire Reader. Start the app and enter the password from your Adobe user account.

About downloading
Exactly what happens once you have downloaded an e-book to your computer varies depending on the operating system and browser you're using. Typically, the e-book or audio book file will end up in your 'Downloads' folder. In some browsers, you will also have to confirm it is safe to download the file before doing so. You may instead choose to download the file to a different place on your computer, such as the desktop. How you do this depends on your system, but there is usually a 'Save as' option which enables you to choose your preferred location.

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