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eBook set-up

Our eBook service provides free access to thousands of eBooks.

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Changes to eBook service

As part of our Library Strategy we are pleased to announce that Derbyshire Library customers will soon be able to access books around the clock from the very best authors via BorrowBox.

This is recognised as the No.1 library download platform in the world and it will allow customers access to eBooks and eAudiobooks via digital loans on their phone, iPad, tablet and home computer.

This will be replacing our current eBook service and offers more choice, content and flexibility.

More information and future updates will be added to this page.

eBook requests

The eBook request function is currently disabled in preparation for the launch of the BorrowBox eBook service.

Set up instructions

Detailed instructions are attached to this page.

Logging into Derbyshire’s eBook service

You need to be a member of Derbyshire libraries and know your library card and PIN.

Library card number

If you have a purple library card, use the 9 digit number on the back of the card next the barcode.

Gold Cards and b_line cards need to be activated at your local library in order to be used as library cards. You use the 9 digit number on the back of the card next the barcode.


Your PIN is the first 2 digits and the last 2 digits of your date of birth. So, if you were born on 3 February 1970, your PIN would be 0370.

eBook catalogue

Library eBook catalogue

Help logging in

If you have any difficulties logging in or need help using the catalogue, please contact us, email or tel: 01629 533444.

What you can borrow

You can borrow up to 16 eBooks for up to 21 days, reservations count as one of your 16 loans.

If the book you want is already checked out you can reserve it free of charge and you will receive an alert when it is available for you to download.

At the end of the loan period the eBook will be deleted automatically from your device, so there are no overdues to worry about.

Compatible devices

  • iPad and Android tablets - you'll need to connect wifi to download eBooks
  • eReaders - you'll need to use your own computer which is connected to the internet to download eBooks.

Most eBook readers are compatible. Please see the list of devices compatible with our eBook service.

You cannot download onto Kindle eReaders because Amazon does not support the digital rights management (DRM) on eBooks which is required by publishers who supply eBooks to libraries.

Bluefire and Aldiko apps

We recommend that customers use the new Libro app. The Bluefire and Aldiko apps still work with the service and if you are happy with them then you can continue to use them.

Classic eBooks

For free classic titles and authors published before 1923 please search and download from the Project Gutenberg.

Frequently asked questions

For further help and guidance please see our frequently asked questions.