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Wider range of books for free as new digital service is launched

Published: 27 June 2019

Library users will be able to access a wider range of bestselling books anytime for free when we launch a new digital service.

The new service will be launched on Monday 1 July 2019 and customers will be able to access an increased range of eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks via digital loans on their phone, iPad, tablet or home computer, whether at home, work or abroad.

Our library service has offered an eBooks service since 2011 and eAudiobooks since 2013, and the switch to the new service, accessed via the BorrowBox app, will instantly offer more choice and flexibility to Derbyshire library users.

It will also be more cost-effective as it is being launched in partnership with Inspire (Nottinghamshire County Council) and Nottingham City libraries.

To use the service from a smartphone or tablet, library users need to download the BorrowBox app from the play store or app store, which provides access to eBooks and one eAudio catalogue.

The eMags and additional eAudio is accessed by the RBDigital app, which can also be downloaded from the appropriate app store. There will be a wider range of eMags and eAudio via this app due to a further partnership agreement with Nottingham City libraries. The eMags element of the service is already up and running.

For both services all that customers will need is their library card number, PIN and an email address.

The introduction of the new service forms part of our wider 'Libraries for Derbyshire' programme which was agreed last December.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“The change to the new service will result in our library users being able to access an even wider range of titles than they can at the moment and it’s also easier to use across more devices.

“It’s extremely cost effective because we’re running it in partnership with Inspire and Nottingham City, which fits in with our enterprising council approach, and it will bring more choice to more customers whenever they want it.

“As part of our Libraries for Derbyshire programme we set out to make libraries and the service itself fit for the future, ensuring it could meet the changing way people access information and books through using different technology, and this service definitely fits with that aim.”

Find out more about the new digital library service.