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How to access books

Whether it’s a print book, e-book or audio book, we don’t mind what you’re reading so long as you are having fun! Most libraries are now open for reduced in-person browsing, and you can also borrow titles online.

  • Visit your local authority council website where you will find a link to the library service. If you’re in the UK, you can use the Libraries at home search, or the search to find your local library service.
  • From the library service website, look out for the link to your library’s e-resources.
  • Here you should find joining information to sign up to the library and access their e-lending services.
  • If you have any problems, you can contact your local library authority directly.

Websites and apps

You can also go directly to these e-book lenders and retailers:


BorrowBox is the number one library solution for eBooks and eAudiobooks. With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download amazing titles by your favourite authors from the comfort of your own home or when you’re out and about. Get the app today from your App Store or Google Play and start enjoying incredible eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away via your local library.


Hive is an ethical online retailer, selling Books, eBooks, DVDs, Music and Gifts. We love the high street, and most of all we love bookshops! We are proud to support an Independent bookshop in our network with a percentage of every single sale we make on the site. You can order online, and collect your orders in your local shop, or delivered direct to your home, either way the shops still benefit from your purchase.


OverDrive Education is the leading digital reading platform for K-12, delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks to school partners across the globe. We support reading and learning in the classroom, library and home. Learn more about OverDrive Education, and Sora the student reading app, at

The Reading Agency on

Explore The Reading Agency’s booklists for children, young people and adults on our shop, where sales go towards. The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We work closely with partners to develop and deliver programmes for people of all ages and backgrounds and in 2019-20.

Bookshops are now open for you to discover and purchase books.