eLibrary – eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine loans

We offer an eLibrary service which is available to customers who currently live, work or study within the city boundaries. This geographical condition is part of our licence agreement and we are required under the terms and conditions of our contract to adhere to these guidelines.

What is available

  • eBooks - digital books that you can view on your computer or mobile reading device.

    Please note that the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD are now compatible with our eBooks and audiobooks. However, due to digital rights restrictions, other models of the Kindle are still not compatible.

    Before you subscribe to the eBook service we recommend that you look at our FAQs which provides information on how to register. There is also information on loan periods and how many items you can borrow.

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

  • eAudiobooks - spoken word recordings that can be played on your computer or mobile device.
  • Derby's history - ebooks, audio and video recording relating to Derby's History.
  • eReference library - This page contains links to online resources such as encyclopaedias and reference guides.
  • eMagazines - you can download your favourite magazines, for example latest editions of Essentials, Ideal Home, Cycling Active, New Scientist, Rolling Stone and many more titles. Read the how to get started guide to find out more. Please use your eLibrary Subscription Number to access this service. You must be aged 18 and over to access the eMagazine service. For really detailed information about eMagazines, look at the user guide

How to subscribe to our online service

You'll need to visit your library to subscribe to this service. You will be asked for proof of identity (ID) to confirm that you either live, work or study within the city boundary. We provide a list of acceptable ID in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). You will not be able to use your library, b_line or Gold cards to access this service.

This subscription is not needed to use the eReference library.  You can use your library card for the eReference library.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions page contains answers to question about subscribing, getting started and loaning eBooks and audiobooks.

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address: Derby City Libraries
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641701
Minicom: 01332 640666

Derby City Libraries
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street