E-reading and online reference

Library members can download e-magazines, and borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks for free.

You can do this using the rbdigital app or your internet browser.

Use the rbdigital app

  1. Join a library if you haven't already done so
  2. Register on the rbdigital site
  3. Install the rbdigital app from Apple App Store; Google Play or Amazon.com (for Kindle Fire)
  4. Start downloading free ebooks, audiobooks and magazines

Use your internet browser

If you're unable to download the rbdigital app:

  1. Join a library if you haven't already done so
  2. Register on the rbdigital site
  3. Start downloading free ebooks, audiobooks and magazines

Loan periods and limits

There's no limit to the number of magazines you can download. You can borrow up to 12 ebooks and audiobooks for up to 21 days at a time.

If the book you want to borrow is on loan to another library member you can add it to your wishlist to borrow later or place a "hold" to join the queue to borrow it next.

Further help

On-screen help is available within the app and website but you can get more help and advice from your local library.

Your library membership gives you free access to online resources to help you do everything from trace your family history to practise for your driving theory test.

Use your library card number to log on to these sites:


Trace your family history (only available in libraries - the other resources on this page can all be used at home)


Includes junior, student and adult versions of the encyclopaedia

Oxford bibliographies

Gateway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Life stories of over 60,000 people who have shaped British history and culture

Oxford dictionaries

Premium language resources for English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Oxford Reference online

Written and checked by the world leaders in their chosen fields: bite size facts and longer essays taken from over 200 books published by the Oxford University Press.

Oxford Very Short Introductions

Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.


Explore over 490,000 images, movies and sounds from world-class museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media.

Further help

Get help and advice about how to use these sites from your local library.