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.

Libraries Week focus: ebooks

 

Today we’re highlighting our ebook collection for Libraries Week. We have a truly fantastic ebook service at Edinburgh Libraries offering you access to 12,500 titles for adults, teens and kids. You’ll find a wide range of genres in fiction and non-fiction – there’s definately something for everyone!

Our OverDrive system makes it super easy for you to find and borrow books whether through their fantastic Libby app on your tablet or phone or their website on your computer. Some of our favourite things about OverDrive are-

  1. It’s super-easy to get started – just login with your library card and PIN
  2. You can borrow from anywhere – at home, on the bus, or on the beach in Spain
  3. You can change the font / size / background colour to suit your own eyesight
  4. New stock is added twice a month to keep the site fresh
  5. You can borrow ten titles (in addition to your physical loans from the library)
  6. When the library is closed – OverDrive is open! Its like having a library branch in your own home
  7. There is a dyslexic font available
  8. You can access a great range of specialised collections – Reading Well for Mental Health,  LGBT, Bibliotherapy, Read-a-long ebook/audiobooks for children
  9. As well as ebooks there’s audiobooks and comics on OverDrive
  10. You’ll find Polish ebooks and audiobooks available too

OverDrive is incredibly easy to use and you’ll find full user
instructions available on our Your Library website. Or why not pop in to our drop-in sessions at Central Library every Tuesday from 2-3.30pm where you can get help setting up your mobile device and all your questions answered.

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.

Thank you Santa (and Edinburgh Libraries!)

Did Santa give you a lovely techie present for xmas? Well, if you did receive a new tablet or phone for Christmas, you can give yourself a further gift of free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers!

Your Edinburgh Libraries membership card allows you to access an amazing range of downloadable services that will save you money and enhance your free time.

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Add the Libby app from OverDrive to your new device for the easiest access to thousands of quality, free ebooks for the whole family.

 

 

 


Audiobooks

Don’t sign up for expensive audiobook services – use our free ones instead! We have four brilliant apps giving you access to thousands of bestselling audiobooks.


 

 


Magazines

You’ll find it hard to leave your armchair after you discover our amazing range of downloadable magazines!

 

 

 

Newspapers
Read a huge range of daily newspapers for free with PressReader including Scottish, national and international titles.

 

 

 

You’ll find full instructions on how to get started on our Your Library website. Want a hand getting your device set up for using these services? Then pop in to one of our eBook Drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm or the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am-noon on the Mezzanine in the Central Library.

PressReader drop-in sessions at Blackhall Library

We’ll be running a drop-in session on Wednesdays from 2-3.30pm at Blackhall Library starting on the 10th October for 6 weeks. Come along and find out all about using PressReader and get access to over 6000 worldwide daily newspapers and magazines including most of the big UK papers. You can read daily newspapers such as the Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and The Herald for free, delivered directly to your own device or within the library.

Bring along your tablet, phone or laptop and we’ll help you get set up. Or we’ll show you how to use it on library devices. Help will also be available for our other Library2go services too such as ebooks and audiobooks.

We also run regular Library2go drop-in sessions to get help with using downloadable ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspapers. Stop by the Mezzanine, Central Library  every Tuesday from 2-3.30pm or the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am – midday.

Christmas magazine editions

The brilliant thing about Christmas is that most of us get a chance to sit down and put our feet up for a bit! If you can’t stand watching yet another Christmas movie then why not do a bit of digital magazine reading instead.

RBdigital magazines has a fantastic collection of Christmas magazine editions for you to overindulge in – the perfect thing to sit and read with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. And the best thing is they are completely free so you can still treat yourself even if you’ve got no money left after Christmas shopping!

Plan some Christmas meals with festive cooking magazine editions Get some decorating ideas with Christmas homes magazines

Plan that party outfit

Enjoy some beautiful reads

RBdigital is available to use through an app on your tablet or phone or on your computer. Full user instructions can be found on our Your Library website.

Magazines on PressReader

Usually it’s the newspapers on PressReader that get all the attention, but today its the magazines! Lots of new magazines have been added so now there are over 300 UK magazine titles available to download through the PressReader app or read online.

Scottish Interest

There is huge range of titles to choose from so whether you are into knitting, computing, cars or keeping chickens they’ll be something for you! To use the service just login with your library card number and PIN.

Music & Screen

Simply install the app on your Apple, Android or Windows device and you can download up to 20 magazines (or newspapers) a day. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, you can read unlimited titles on your computer.

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To find the UK magazines on PressReader, click on the UK button on the homepage and then on Publication Types and choose Magazines. You can then use the menu button (three vertical dots) to put the magazines in A-Z order, more popular or the most current.

Something for everyone

Need help getting started with PressReader? Then pop into our eResources Drop-in on Tuesdays from 2-3.30pm in the Central Library.

 

Read all about it!

Did you know you can read over 4000 UK and worldwide newspapers and magazines for free on your tablet, phone or computer? From anywhere you can simply login to the  PressReader  app or website with your library card number and PIN to get access to today’s news 24/7.

With Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service you can access over 100 UK and Irish newspapers including today’s editions of the Edinburgh Evening NewsScotsmanScottish Daily MailThe Press and JournalThe Guardian and The Herald as well as over 100 UK magazines.

Publications from over 100 countries in 60 languages are available including from Poland, India, USA, France and China. Articles can be translated into 16 languages and you can also listen to today’s news by using Library PressReader’s Radio function which will read articles out to you.

PressReader has a small range of material for children too as it includes comics such as the BeanoHorrible Histories and Doctor Who Adventures. It also includes a newspaper aimed specifically at children – First News.

You’ll find full user instructions on our Your Library website.

Magazine madness

Well, you’d be mad not to use our magazine service. There’s no catch, just instant access to over 130 popular magazine titles for you to download and keep. It has an easy to use app and best of all its free.

So make good use your library card today and use RBdigital to get free digital access to magazines such as Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.

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RBdigital is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our RBdigital page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.

Enjoy!

Listen up!

Love audiobooks? Whats not to love! – they are ideal for the morning commute, the gym or while you’re doing the cooking, housework and DIY. Edinburgh Libraries has a fantastic selection of audiobooks for you to enjoy. Did you know you could download hundreds for free at home from Edinburgh Libraries? We have four different downloadable audiobook suppliers so we can give you the widest choice possible of authors and publishers.

Check these out today –

OverDrive – checkout over 1500 adult, teen and child audiobooks with OverDrive. You can borrow up to 10 at a time and either stream over the internet or download on your mobile device or computer.

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 5 titles here with automatic returns and no fines. 1500 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 400 adult audiobooks. Some fantastic titles including The Muse by Jessie Burton, The Widow by Fiona Barton and My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith.

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

 

Need help?

Do you need help getting started with Edinburgh Libraries downloadable ebook, audiobook, magazine or newspaper services?

Or do you have a query about using any of the libraries online services?

Then come along with your device to our eresources drop-in session. We can help get you set up and take you through using our services step-by-step.

Drop into the acoustic pod on the Mezzanine in the Central Library on any Tuesday between 2 – 3.30pm.

Contact informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 242 8047 if you have any queries regarding this service.

New Audiobook Service

Edinburgh Libraries has added a new downloadable audiobook service to our suite of online resources. uLIBRARY is a growing collection of over 150 great British popular fiction audiobooks. Highlights include The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and fabulous titles by Ann Cleeves, Quintin Jardine, Denise Mina and Jo Nesbo

You can borrow up to three titles at a time for 21 days and they are self returning so no fines. Use the uLIBRARY on your computer or through its Apple or Android apps.

Edinburgh Libraries now has four downloadable audio services – OverDrive, OneClickdigital, BorrowBox and uLIBRARY. All provide a different selection of publishers and authors to give you access to as full a range as possible. OverDrive and OneClickdigital have children’s and teen titles as well as adult content. Full instructions for using all of the services can be found on our Your Library site.

Download your favourite magazines for Free

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Use your library card to set up an account with Zinio, and get free digital access to more than a hundred magazine titles including Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.

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Zinio is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our Zinio page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.

Enjoy!

E-book surgeries

Happy new year!

Did you get an ebook reader, tablet or smartphone for Christmas? Or are you thinking of getting one?

Either way, look out for e-book surgeries at a library near you over the next few weeks.

We’ll help you get set up with Overdrive, Oneclickdigital and Zinio.

We’ll also have all manner of gadgets for you to try out if you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new device.

Dates scheduled so far:

Leith Library: Monday 6th January, 10am – 12noon

Oxgangs Library: Monday 13th January, 10am – 12 noon and Friday 31st January, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Currie Library: Thursday 23rd January, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Morningside Library: Monday 17th February, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Central Library: Every Tuesday from 2.00 – 3.30pm in the entrance hall

Heard any good books lately?

Ideal for the morning commute, the gym or while you’re doing the housework, we’ve got a fantastic selection of audiobooks for you to enjoy. Register on Oneclickdigital with your library card and download the following five titles, and over a thousand others, free!

The John Lennon Letters

John Lennon wrote letters and postcards all of his life; to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers, organisations, lawyers – most of which were funny, informative, campaigning, wise, mad, poetic, anguished and sometimes heart-breaking. It has taken an extraordinary piece of detective work to trace many of these 250 letters, postcards and notes, that come together to build a narrative that reflects John’s life. Narrators include Yoko Ono, Christopher Eccleston and Hunter Davies.

Inferno by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael

There’s a HUGE waiting list for the physical copies of this title but because there are no waiting lists for Oneclickdigital audiobooks you could be listening to it within minutes. ‘Inferno’ follows renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon as he becomes drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno

The art of cheating by Jessica Dorfman Jones, narrated by Eliza Foss

The Art of Cheating is a comprehensive guide to cheating in just about every way imaginable, from corporate fraud to lying about your age to get a date. With deadpan delivery and dry wit, we are instructed on how to get away with the most useful cheats in our day and age, and provided with tips and guidelines for protecting ourselves against those who would try to cheat us.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, narrated by Clare Corbett

We spat out our drinks laughing… It’s fun and frivolous – we liked it a lot” HEAT

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, but in one afternoon everything begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill, but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations and mysterious phone calls, she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life. Sophie Kinsella is the author of eleven number one bestselling novels including the fabulously popular Shopaholic series

Black Cabs by John McLaren, narrated by Gordon Griffin

For merchant bankers, success means secrecy; passwords and code names ensure conversations stay private. However, they reckoned without London cabbies Terry, Len, and ‘Einstein’, who know the rewards of keeping their ears pricked and their noses in The FT.

A fun resolution: books you never thought you’d read

Quit smoking. Stop overeating. Exercise more. New Year resolutions can be such a drag, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

This year we’re making it our resolution to broaden our horizons and read some of the kinds of books and authors we normally wouldn’t think of reading.  It’s easy to stick to the same old authors and genres – but why not surprise yourself by borrowing something you never thought you would read? You never know, you might make some amazing discoveries. That’s one of the greatest things about borrowing books from libraries – there’s nothing to lose by trying something new.

Will you join us? Just to give you some ideas here is a list of the kinds of books lots of us love but many of the rest of us never go near. We’ve come up with a dozen – one for every month. Or just go bananas and borrow one of each next time you’re in the library. (And if it’s a library with self-service machines no one needs to know your little secret..)

So, how about…

  1. Graphic novels. It’s not all about superheroes you know. And lots of them aren’t even novels – the form encompasses memoir, travelogue, biography and many other genres.
  2. How about some vampire fiction? If you really don’t fancy Twilight series you could try something a little more offbeat, like Matt Haig’s The Radleys.
  3. Picture books. We’ve got thousands of beautiful books on the visual arts, perfect for browsing during those idle moments. The Art Library is the mother lode of books on art, architecture, photography and sculpture but your local library will have a great selection too.
  4. Stephen King. Maybe you’ve seen the films but never read the books. Find out how they compare.
  5. You’re going to be hearing a lot about Charles Dickens this year, whether you like it or not. See if you think he’s worth it.
  6. Have you ever read a Mills and Boon? Go on, it could be the start of something beautiful…
  7. Audiobooks. Books aren’t just for reading – they can be for listening as well. Why not get stuck into a good book while you’re driving, ironing or exercising?
  8. Harry Potter. Even though she’s sold umpteen gazillion books some of us have still managed to hold out on JK Rowling. Now the fuss has died down though, maybe just a sneaky peek to see what on earth the appeal was?
  9. We’ve still got many long winter nights ahead of us so how about settling down with a big fat Russian classic? Just think of the smug self-satisfaction you’ll feel upon finishing War and Peace.
  10. Science-fiction – too broad a category? Well, let’s narrow it down – how about some Steampunk?
  11. Download an ebook. Maybe this is the year you discover a whole new way of reading. Did you get an ebook reader, tablet or smartphone for Christmas? Or thinking of getting one? Then sign up for Library2go.
  12. Poetry. Don’t let the stuff you were made to read at school put you off. There’s a poet to suit everyone – you’ve just got to find out who.

We’re sure you’ve got more ideas of your own. Which books and authors have you never tried? And are you up for the challenge? Let us know if you are, and tell us how you get on.