eBooks and eAudiobooks


Welcome to the eLoan service for Derbyshire library members. Access free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.

Joining the eBooks Service

To borrow eBooks you need to:

  • Be a member of Derbyshire libraries -
    Anyone who lives, works or studies in Derbyshire can join the library online

  • Know your library card number -
    Your library card number is printed below the barcode on your purple Derbyshire library card. On Gold Card or b_line cards you need to use the nine digit number on the back of the card that will usually begin 72 or 68. In order to use your Gold Card or b_line card it first needs to be activated as your library card by visiting your local library or by joining the library online.

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

Using the eBooks service

Login to our eBook catalogue (opens in a new window) with your Derbyshire library card number and PIN.

For a step-by-step guide on how to download eBooks please see the related documents section below.

1000 extra eBooks

Derbyshire is one of only four councils to be selected for a year-long eBook pilot scheme created by the Publishers Association and the Society of Chief Librarians.

From March 2014 to March 2015 Derbyshire will receive access to an extra 1,000 eBooks that are not normally available for libraries to buy and will include big-name authors and high profile releases.

The eBooks available through this pilot can be borrowed for a fixed 21-day period, rather than the usual variable loan period.


During this pilot anyone who has borrowed an eBook will be entered into a prize draw to win an eReading device. The draws will take place on a quarterly basis.

What you can borrow

  • You can borrow up to five eBooks for up to 21 days, reservations count as one of your five 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 overdue fees to worry about.

Compatible devices

Most eBook readers are compatible. Please see the list of devices (opens in a new window) compatible with our eBook service.

We regret you cannot download onto Kindle eReaders, this is because Amazon does not support the DRM (digital rights management) on eBooks which is required by publishers who supply eBooks to libraries. It is possible to access the library eBooks using the Amazon tablets, such as, the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

Classic eBooks

For free classic titles and authors published before 1923 please search and download from the Project Gutenberg (opens in a new window) website.


For further help and guidance please see our frequently asked questions (opens in a new window)

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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