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eBooks and eAudiobooks

Our eBook and eAudiobook service allows you to download eBooks onto your computer, eBook reader, tablet or smartphone. We now offer a bigger and better eBook and eAudiobook download service in partnership with Greater Manchester Libraries and BorrowBox.


The BorrowBox app makes it easy to browse, borrow and read or listen to your library's eBooks and eAudiobooks anywhere and everywhere. To download the app simply open the app store on your device, search for BorrowBox and download.

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  • Can’t find what you want? Search over 50 000 free eBook downloads on the Project Gutenberg website:

Getting started - BorrowBox - the important stuff

To use the eBooks service you need to:

  • Be a member of Bolton Libraries - Anyone who lives, works or studies in Bolton can join the library online.

    Join the library online

  • Have a library card number - this can be found on the front or back of your library card underneath a barcode or if you have smart card  your number will be handwritten on the back of your card. You need your 8 digit library card number prefixed with 16P (e.g. 16P01234567)

  • Know your PIN -Your PIN is the first four digits of your Date of Birth unless you have changed it. So if you were born on 5 March 1970, your PIN would be 0503. If you have forgotten your PIN please use this online form for assistance.

  • You can borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks to any Android or Apple mobile device with the Borrow Box app installed. You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks to any computer with Microsoft Digital Editions software installed.

  • Have access to an Internet connection outside of a Bolton Library services building (please note that the public computers provided by Bolton Libraries will not allow the download of eBooks or eAudiobooks).

  • Our eBooks and eAudiobook titles are completely free to borrow and there are no overdues. Loans simply expire after 3 weeks

  • You can borrow up to 5 eBooks and 4 eAudiobooks at any one time

Please note - The Amazon Kindle eReader is not supported due to restrictions placed on the device by Amazon in relation to the lending of eBooks. Kindle Fire does work with BorrowBox – please check the BorrowBox help page

Please be aware that the content provided by this service is for a variety of age groups. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to be aware of the content being viewed by children and young people.

Quick links


Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet using our new eMagazine download service, RBdigital (previously Zinio).

Over 140 magazines are currently available covering everything from food to computers, and music to art. Titles include Hello!; BBC Good Food; Amateur Photographer; BBC Top Gear; Horrible Histories and Cosmopolitan. Borrow an unlimited number of magazines to keep forever or delete when you want.

How to access eMagazines

  • create a new account, and enter your library card number. If you are a member of any Greater Manchester Library you can use this service;

  • browse the selection on the Greater Manchester RBdigital website;

  • checkout your chosen publications to read in your browser or on a range of mobile devices;

To read magazines on your mobile device, download the RBdigital app from your device's app store.

RBdigital magazines can be read on a wide variety of desktop and mobile apps. The apps are designed for offline reading.

To access the magazines through an app it must first be checked out while you are online through the website. You cannot checkout new titles though the app alone.

If you require any help to use this service please call our Ask Bolton Libraries team on 01204 332853 or email


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