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.

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!

Digital Magazine and Newspaper Service

From the 1 August we will be supplying your favourite magazines, and most newspapers, in digital format only.

We are doing this because we can offer you a much wider choice of titles from all over the world whilst making best use of our resources.

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The online service provides an incredible choice of UK and international newspaper and magazine titles.

RBdigital provides access to quality UK magazines titles. You can read Hello!, Amateur Photographer, BBC Good Food, TV Times, The Week, Amateur Gardening, Good Housekeeping …. and lots more RBdigital Magazine Titles

PressReader provides fantastic choice from thousands of Scottish, UK and International newspapers and magazines. You can read the Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Telegraph ….and lots more PressReader Newspaper Titles. PressReader Magazine Titles include Grazia, Computer Active, Auto Car, The People’s Friend and The Scot’s Magazine.

You can use these services anytime, anywhere, read in the library, download to your tablet or phone or stream online.

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For more information please speak to a member of staff at your local library. Full user instructions can also be found at online for magazines and newspapers.

Read Your Free Daily Newspaper

Most people have a smartphone, tablet, or computer these days. One of the best uses you can put it to is accessing your daily newspaper for free. Edinburgh Libraries PressReader service has over 3000 full-spread online newspapers from all over the world, including 350 UK papers. Use your library card and PIN to login to the app or website from anywhere and read up to 20 newspapers a day for free.

 

 

Read today’s Scottish Daily Mail, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotsman, Guardian, Herald or The Edinburgh Reporter amongst hundreds of others.

 

As an added bonus you’ll find thousands of magazines available too so whether you’re in to cars or cookery, computers or crafts you’ll find a wide range of magazines to suit you.

 

Find full instructions for getting started at 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.

eBooks
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.

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.

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.

Read the world with PressReader!

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 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.

Read all about it – 200 years old today!

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the The Scotsman. When it first appeared, it was a weekly newspaper with daily editions appearing in 1850.

Unlike today there were no headlines shouting out for attention, indeed the front page of the first edition laid out what the paper hoped to achieve. It begged to observe “that we have not chosen the name Scotsman to preserve an invidious distinction, but with a view of rescuing it from the odium of servility”.

Front page of The Scotsman 25th January 1817

Front page of The Scotsman 25th January 1817

The paper contained no photographs or illustrations just printed text with news from around the world. It did feature Births, Deaths and Marriages together with the market prices from the Edinburgh Corn Market and Meat Market where we know that “there were 985 sheep in the Grassmarket on Wednesday morning which sold well”.

In 1817 the price of the weekly Scotsman was 10d nowadays you can read it for FREE by downloading our Pressreader  App.

Or why not search our Scotsman Digital Archive and discover more stories from Scotland’s past?

 

It’s Digital Reading Week!

digital-reading-week-logoAt Edinburgh Libraries we are having a week long celebration of digital reading!  With your library membership you can download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers all for free. So make the most of your tablet, smart phone or computer and get reading today! We’ll be doing a new blog post every day this week highlighting our digital reading services for you.

We are running two competitions as part of our celebration! Simply borrow an ebook or audiobook on OverDrive to be entered into a prize draw to win a Fire Tablet. Borrow an audiobook on BorrowBox and similarly you can win an iPad. These competitions will run from the 31st October till the 14th November.

So give yourself a treat (and maybe a new tablet!) and try out some of the following resources this week –

OVERDRIVE – over 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks for adults, teens and children to borrow 24/7

ZINIO – a great range of 116 popular magazines for men and women

PRESSREADER & PRESSDISPLAY – over 4000 Scottish and international newspapers and magazines to download

ONECLICKDIGITAL – great range of audiobooks for adults, teens and children

BORROWBOX – new and growing audiobook service for adults

Need help getting started –

1. Find Out How – download an instruction leaflet for your device from our Help Pages that will take you through using each of our services

2. Drop Into An Event – we’re running lots of digital events this week where you can come along and find out about our resources. Drop-in Surgery sessions are happening at Portobello, Sighthill, Newington, Wester Hailes, Blackhall, Craigmillar, Piershill, Stockbridge, Central and Colinton Libraries. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more.

3. Ask Us How – if you need a bit more support contact us on informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel 242 8047

Good News!

pressreader1Well even if the world news seems to be getting worse by the day, but the good news is that the way to get your daily paper gets better and better!

Edinburgh Libraries PressReader app service has had a wee upgrade – now if you visit a library and open up the app you get 3 days worth of use to download from home as well.

PressReader has over 4000 newspapers and magazines from all round the world that are available to download for free before they even hit the newsagents.  To use it you need to login at a PressReader HotSpot (i.e. a library!) and then you are free to download up to 20 titles a day from the library, home or indeed anywhere with WiFi. After 3 days you need to pop into your local library and reactivate your connection (and pick up a nice paperback whilst you are at it!).

All the top Scottish and many national newspapers are available such as the Edinburgh Evening news, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Mail and The Guardian. There are also publications from over 100 countries including Poland, America and even Brazil (if you fancy reading about the Olympics first hand!).

For more information see http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/pressreader

Isla enjoys her week in the Music Library

From the 27th to the 30th of June 2016 I went on a work experience placement at the Music Library at Central Library. I chose this location as I am interested in music (I am studying Advanced Higher Music next year in S6) and I was interested in seeing how the library system works.  Whilst I was at the Music Library, I did several tasks, ranging from setting up a display on jazz to promote the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival to finding books and CDs for readers, and discharging and shelving books. I saw round the many departments in Central Library. It was interesting to see the variety of tasks done by Music Library and other staff in Central Library. This made my work experience placement very enjoyable and it also made me consider working in a library in the future.

Putting up Library display
I found some materials in the Music Library which I thought could be useful to students who are studying for Higher and Advanced Higher Music; there are many books on composers and the history of music, which could provide information to use in written projects. If students need sheet music of an appropriate standard (i.e. Grade 4 or Grade 5 level) for the Performance part of Higher and Advanced Higher Music, there are many scores available in the Music Library for various instruments.

Looking at Library books

There’s a piano in the Music Library which students can use if they need to practise. Finally, the online classical music streaming website Naxos, which is accessible via the Edinburgh Libraries website, can be used for listening to different styles and periods of classical music. This could be useful for listening practice in preparation for the final written exam.

I also came across helpful resources for Higher and Advanced Higher languages on the Edinburgh Your Library website;  Library card holders can read international newspapers in 60 different languages with Library PressDisplay and learn words and phrases in various languages with Transparent Language Online.  Oxforddictionaries.com provides information on how to use languages and aspects of language correctly.

Many students may not be aware that these study resources are available, and all that is required to access them is just a library card.

“SOS. We have struck iceberg. Require assistance. Position 41.46N 50.14W. Titanic”

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the disastrous maiden voyage of the supposedly unsinkable ship. Leaving aside the melodrama of the Titanic films and the TV mini-series, we’ve been exploring our online newspaper archives and other sources to find out how the disaster was reported at the time.  

On April 11th 1912, the Shipping Notes in The Scotsman reported on the Titanic’s fateful departure from Southampton Water the previous day. The event marked the “latest progress in shipbuilding” and was watched by large crowds who had gathered to speed the ship on her way to New York. An article in The Times following the disaster details how news reached shore in an age before Twitter and mobile phones, and speculates that loss of life would have been far greater had it not been for the recent introduction of Marconi’s wireless apparatus. The newspaper also gives lists of passengers from first and second class ranks. It would later transpire that the majority of casualties came from the crew and third class passengers. The Times relates the disaster to the global economy, with a business report on the New York Stock Market crediting it with the ‘gloom cast over the business world’. 

Pictures from the Illustrated London News, held by the Reference Library, show the appeal of the Titanic as an opulent floating hotel. There were Turkish baths and swimming baths, a gymnasium, a Parisian-style café, and luxury apartments with private promenade decks.

It is not hard to see why people were so eager to take the ship’s first voyage. Pinning their credentials to the Titanic mask, luxury goods companies associated themselves with the desirable brand. The Vinolia Otto Toilet Soap company used a full page advert to state its services to the luxury steamer, “By provision of Vinolia Otto Toilet Soap for first-class passengers the ‘Titanic’ also leads as offering a higher standard of Toilet Luxury and comfort at sea”. Craven tobacco with the unfortunate strapline, “Craven Mixture is a tobacco to live for”, advertised in The Times as being obtainable on the Largest Vessel in the World.  

The Illustrated London News also recalls the human side of the story, with artists’ impressions drawn from survivors’ accounts of the moments after tragedy struck and pictures of the survivors who arrived safely back in Plymouth.

One poignant reminder of a bygone era shows the engine room stokers calmly waiting their turn as women and children boarded lifeboats first as the boat was sinking fast.

Dramatic pictures illustrate the catastrophic moment the enormous ship sank into two miles of water. Read a tribute to Wallace Henry Hartley, the ship’s bandleader, who together with fellow musicians played on deck throughout the evacuation. They played, it is alleged, until waist deep in water. All 8 of the musicians perished in the disaster, yet their part in the dreadful night is remembered still.  

Of the 2224 passengers and crew on board, more than 1500 died. Find the true story behind the legend and read the news as it unfolded with The Scotsman Digital Archive and The Times Online. (The Scotsman Digital Archive is available from home. The Times Online is available to readers from the Reference Library at Central Library.)

Visit the Reference Library  in April and see our fascinating display showcasing pictures and literature from our collections about the story of the Titanic.


e-resource of the month: Newsstand International!

Ooh la la!  You might already know that we have an e-resource called UK Newsstand, which grants you access to loads of archived newspapers –  but our e-resource of the month is its more exotic sibling,  Newsstand International!

Research the stories that interest you more fully, with a huge variety of global newspapers, and if you’re feeling particularly clever, why not try reading stories in one of the 17 available languages?

It’s perfect for those of you who are far from home and missing your favourite papers, and we also think that this feature makes Newsstand International a fantastic tool for practicing languages that you may have forgotten, or are currently learning.  Give it a go – see things from a different perspective.

Caitlin or Clarkson, Brooker or Burnie: all your favourite columnists FREE

Galaxy Book of the Year, Magazine Columnist of the Year – people are pretty much tripping over themselves lavishing awards upon the all-conquering Caitlin Moran.

And ever since it came out, copies of ‘How to be a woman‘ have barely seen the inside of a library before they’ve been taken straight back out again by another reader eager to follow Caitlin’s journey from adolescence to motherhood and beyond.

And there’s still a massive waiting list… so while you’re waiting your turn why not check out her back catalogue of witty, sharp and thoughtful articles for The Times?

But hang on, don’t you have to pay to read The Times online? Well, don’t tell The Murdochs, but if you’ve got a library card The Times paywall is a barrier you needn’t worry about.

Your library card number is your password to UK Newsstand, which while not the most attractive web site in the world, is certainly one of the most useful. It contains full text articles from hundreds of national and local newspapers, including The Times, going back decades.

So as well as reading her latest newspaper column you can also see an interview with the 17 year-old Caitlin Moran from 1992. Or read what she was writing about  bands like Suede and My Bloody Valentine that same year. And you don’t have to pay a single penny.

You can set up email alerts for your favourite searches so you don’t have to keep going back to the site to see the latest content. And of course you can do this for any newspaper writer you choose, from Caitlin to Clarkson, from Charlie Brooker to Joan Burnie.

Not bad, eh?

Mag-nificent

Did you know you can access an archive of articles from magazines like the New Yorker and Rolling Stone with your library card?

You can also browse through the last ten years of The Lancet or Nursing Standard; The Spectator, The Economist, National Geographic and many more.

Just log in to News UK using your library card number and unlock a wealth of world class writing from these internationally renowned publications.