eLibrary - eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine loans


E-library service

We offer an eLibrary service  to all members of Derby Libraries.

What is available?

  • eBooks - digital books that you can view on your computer or mobile reading device.
  • eAudiobooks - spoken word recordings that can be played on your computer or mobile device

You can also access eBooks and eAudiobooks from our library catalogue

Before you download an eBook from our catalogue we recommend that you download and install the BorrowBox App. 

We recommended you visit the help page which offers guidance on getting started, what devices and apps are compatible and general information on eBooks and Audiobooks.


You can download latest editions of your favourite magazine. You must be aged 18 and over to access the eMagazine service. There are no limitations to the number of titles you can download and you can keep them on your device until you decide to delete them.

This will require the use of a different app called Libby and you will also need to log in with your library card number and PIN to access these titles.

What is Libby?

Libby is a free, award-winning app where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from your public library.

How many magazines will I be able to borrow in Libby?

In Libby, you'll have access to over 3,000 digital magazines with a rolling 3 years of back issues (where available). There are no magazine checkout limits, so you'll be able to borrow as many as you like.

How long can I keep magazines borrowed through Libby?

Borrowed magazines will expire at the end of their lending periods, but you'll be able to renew them if you need more time to read.

What if I won't be able to use Libby?

Once our magazines move to Libby, if you still aren't able to use Libby or libbyapp.com, you can use the original OverDrive app or the Overdrive website instead. These alternatives have the same titles as Libby, but offer slightly different features and device compatibility. 

What will happen to old issues of magazines and comics that I borrowed through RBdigital?

After our magazines move to Libby, you'll still be able to access any older issues you borrowed through RBdigital by visiting the ZINIO app or website and registering a new ZINIO account using the same email address you used with RBdigital.

Moving from RB Digital to Overdrive

Our eMagazine provider is changing on 3 March 2021 from RB Digital to Overdrive using the Libby App. Find out about the move to Overdrive here. 

Can I keep borrowing and reading titles in RBdigital?

Yes, you can keep borrowing and reading titles in RBdigital for now. We'll share an update in RBdigital once you need to switch to Libby for eMagazines.

After your library's titles move to Libby, any current checkouts will be available in RBdigital through the remainder of their lending periods. This way, you can finish reading without disruption or risk of losing your place.

What will happen to my checkout history from RBdigital?

Checkout history will not be moved to Libby. However, you'll be able to mark titles you've already read using tags in Libby.

If you want a record of your RBdigital checkout history, you can export your Transaction History from RBdigital websites under My Account > Profiles.