Access library services from home

Many of us will be staying indoors over the coming months due to the current health crisis. Edinburgh Libraries provide a range of online services that you can access from home that can help keep you occupied and entertained during these difficult times.

Library2go provides a fantastic range of free ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines that you can use on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Sign in using your Edinburgh Libraries membership number and PIN. Forgotten your PIN? Use our PIN Reset service. Not a library member? Use our online Join the Library service.

Newspapers – get access to your daily newspaper without leaving the house. You can get 250 UK newspapers including the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Daily Record on our PressReader service.

eBooks – thousands of best-selling books for adults, teens and kids can be found on OverDrive. Read through the OverDrive website your computer or with their brilliant Libby app on a phone or tablet.

Audiobooks – listen to best-selling books with fantastic narrators on our OverDrive, RBdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY sites.These four downloadable audiobook services give you a wide range of adult, teen and children’s titles to choose from.

Magazines –  hundreds of UK and worldwide magazines are available to read through RBdigital and PressReader. So whether you’re in to Hello!, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping, Auto Express, TV Times, BBC Good Food or Amateur Photography we’ve got it covered.

Please pass on this information to anyone you think might benefit from these services who maybe aren’t already members of the library. Or consider helping a relative or friend get started.

There are clear instructions on how to use all these services available from https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk. Any further questions please contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8047.

Instant access to ebooks and audiobooks

This New Year we are running a fantastic promotion for non-library users offering them free instant access to ebooks and audiobooks on OverDrive without the need for a library card. If you read this blog you are probably already a member of the library, but do you know someone who isn’t, but would love free ebook and audiobook downloads? Please spread the word to your friends, family and work colleagues! 

Anyone over 13 years old with an EH postcode home, work or study address can sign up for instant access in seconds. All you need is a mobile phone number and the access code – Library2go. Thousands of best-selling books for adults, teens and children are available through OverDrive’s website or the Libby app. It’s a fantastic way to make the most of your electronic Christmas presents and to save money!

This promotion gives you access to OverDrive for three months.  However, its easy for people to keep on using the service for free by joining the library and receiving a permanent membership card. 

To find out how to get started go to  www.edinburgh.gov.uk/IDC This access option will be available from 7 January – 7 February 2020.

Spooky Halloween Reads

Looking for a spooky read this Halloween? Here are some of our favourite children’s titles! Click on the title to reserve a copy at your local library.

Christopher pumpkin by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Christopher Pumpkin is delighted to be magicked to life by a witch – until he discovers she wants him and the other pumpkins to get her creepy castle ready for the spookiest party ever! Chris just can’t bring himself to hang cobwebs and cook curried slugs – he’s much more into bunting and fairy cakes!


Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon
Henry’s class are on a spooky school trip to the local museum, but could there be a terrifying zombie vampire on the loose? Henry soon has his classmates believing Miss Battle-Axe and Miss Lovely might be scarier than they seem. Originally published: as part of Horrid Henry and the zombie vampire.

 

Embassy of the Dead by Will Mabbit
Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. Jake likes to stay out of trouble, usually. But when he opens a strange box containing a severed finger, trouble comes knocking at his door. Literally. Jake has summoned a reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as deadly as it sounds) and his only option is to RUN FOR HIS LIFE! Alone (and a tiny bit scared, to be honest), Jake makes another spooky discovery – he can see and speak to ghosts and, with the help of his deadly gang (well dead, at least) – ancient butler Stiffkey, hockey stick-wielding Cora, and Zorro the ghost fox – Jake has one mission: find the Embassy of the Dead and seek refuge. But the Embassy has troubles of its own and may not be the safe haven Jake is hoping for.

Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Goblin Army by Alex Gardiner
It’s Halloween, and Roger is yet again pulled into a bonkers adventure with the grouchy dwarf warrior Mossbelly MacFearsome. It turns out that Roger has accidentally set free the vicious Goblin Chief Redcap, who is looking to open an ancient portal back to his own world. Now Roger, Moss and their friends must track him down before he unleashes a mighty horde of goblins hellbent on destruction, mayhem – and pickled onions. But how exactly does one find a ghoulish goblin on the one night of the year when everyone is in spooky fancy dress?

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake, even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter – and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Look out too for the Spooky Reads collection of ebooks and audiobooks on our Kid’s OverDrive site and Halloween Horrors on the Teen OverDrive site.

Libraries Week focus: eaudiobooks

On today’s Library Week post we are focussing on downloadable audiobooks. Edinburgh Libraries have seen the popularity of this service grow hugely in the last year. And what’s not to love! – they are ideal for the morning commute, the gym or while you’re doing the cooking, housework and DIY.  Eyesight not so good? Then still indulge your love of reading with audiobooks instead.

There are thousands of audiobooks to borrow for free at home from Edinburgh Libraries four downloadable audiobook services.  These give you the widest choice possible of authors and publishers.

Check these out today –

OverDrive – checkout over 2500 adult, teen and child audiobooks with OverDrive. There’s a great range of fiction and non-fiction titles available from bestselling authors including Becoming by Michelle Obama, Transcription by Kate Atkinson and Normal People by Sally Rooney. You can borrow up to ten at a time and either stream over the internet or download on your mobile device or computer on the Libby app.

RBdigital – has a great range of bestselling British authors such as Peter May, Cecelia Ahern, Val McDermid, Peter James, David Walliams and Santa Montefiore. Borrow another five titles here with automatic returns and no fines. 2500 titles to choose from including children’s, teen and adult titles.

Borrowbox – has a super easy to use app and a growing collection of over 1000 adult audiobooks. Some fantastic titles including The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, The Long Call by Ann Cleeves and Cari Mora by Robert Harris

uLIBRARY – our newest service with a growing choice of British authors including Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Paula Hawkins, M.J.Arlidge & Katie Fforde

Would like a bit of help setting these services up on your phone or tablet? Then bring your device along to our drop-in session every Tuesday on the mezzanine, Central Library from 2-3.30pm and we’ll help you get set up.

 

Digital Drop-ins

Need a wee hand getting started using our Library2go downloadable services? Or its been a while since you used them and you can’t remember the password? Fear not, help is at hand!  Come along to one of our digital drop-ins for friendly, easy to understand help with our downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

We run the following regular sessions on the Mezzanine, Central Library –

  • Every Tuesday 2-3.30pm
  • Most Fridays 2-4pm (this session running 27 September to 13 December 2019)
  • First Thursday month 10.30am-noon

We’re also running a couple of sessions on a Saturday for those people who find it difficult to make it in during the week –

  • Saturday 12 October 11am-1pm
  • Saturday 12 October  1.30-3.30pm

So come armed with your tablet, phone or laptop and we’ll get you all set-up. Or just bring your questions and we’ll tell you all about our fantastic services!

Don’t like waiting?

Most of us don’t like waiting for things – buses, payday or library books for that matter. Our Library2go ebook and audiobook services generally work like a regular library – when someone has borrowed the book, then its not available until that person returns it. Lately though we’ve seen the addition of quite a few unlimited access titles throughout these services meaning that queuing is sometimes a thing of the past!

OverDrive – Always available ebook titles

A small, but perfectly formed collection of unlimited access ebooks from Canongate publishers is now available on the homepage of OverDrive and Libby, Featuring fiction and non-fiction titles from authors such as Matt Haig, Caro Ramsay, Jess Kidd, Ambrose Parry, Scarlett Thomas and Patricia MacDonald theres something for everyone. OverDrive also run three or more Big Library Read bookgroups a year featuring unlimited ebooks (and sometimes audobooks!).

RBdigital – Always available audiobook titles

You might not know this, but hundreds of the audiobooks available through our RBdigital service as multi-access – so no queues. Enjoy instant access to authors such as Val McDermid, Santa Montefiore, Tony Parsons, Jeffery Deaver, Marian Keyes, Ian Rankin and Jane Fallon. RBdigital can be played on your  phone, tablet or computer.

 

BorrowBox – Campaign titles

A new feature to BorrowBox audiobooks is the addition of campaign titles – so a cracking audiobook that everyone wants to read, available to everyone to download. Our first campaign starts on 23 September and features Peter James’s bestseller Love You Dead.  The book will be available for a month with unlimited access. Visit BorrowBox regularily to look out for new campaign titles!

Information about using our fantastic suite of Library2go downloadable services can be found on our Your Library website.

Download a book for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week starts tomorrow and this year’s theme is body image. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of a mental health issue that affects many people so as a community we become comfortable talking about it; become informed about how to support others; and seek help for ourselves.

One way you can support yourself and others is by reading informative support and information books. On the homepage of our OverDrive ebook and audiobook service you’ll find the Reading Well for mental health collection. Based on the Reading Agency’s Reading Well promotion this gives you access to quality information about a range of mental health issues including body image, stress, anxiety and depression. Borrowing online is also a great way to discretely access and read books.

Children and young people may also struggle to ask for help with any issues they are having so on the OverDrive Teen site we’ve created two easy to access collections to provide support with mental health problems. Our Reading Well titles for teens is a growing collection featuring titles on stress, bullying, exams and anxiety.

You’ll also find our Bibliotherapy collection – 100 fiction books to help develop resilience and promote mental well-being in teens. Bibliotherapy is a recognised treatment in medical circles, where it has been found useful to read about other facing similar challenging issues as yourself and see how they approached or overcame their issues. This collection has been developed in conjunction with Edinburgh’s school librarians to replicate physical collections available in high schools.

Just login with your Edinburgh Libraries membership card number and PIN to OverDrive to access these collections – full user instructions can be found on our OverDrive help pages.