Reading and downloading eMagazines

Read full digital copies of your favourite magazines for free from your computer, smartphone or tablet using our eMagazine download service: Libby from Overdrive.

Over 190 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.

To read eMagazines on your PC or Laptop:

  • Go to the Bolton Libraries’ Libby site at and enter your library card number and PIN. (Remember to add 16p at the start of your borrower number.)
  • Browse the selection on the Bolton Libby site or search for specific titles.
  • Checkout your chosen publications to read. Checked out titles remain on your account for 21 days, but you can renew many times as you wish.
  • You can borrow as many magazines as you like.

To read eMagazines on your mobile device:

  • Download the Libby app from your device's app store (see Links).
  • Click Install and Open.
  • Confirm that you have a library card.
  • When prompted to search for a library, choose Bolton Libraries.
  • Enter your library account details (remember to add 16p at the start of your borrower number) and click Next.
  • Input your PIN and click Next.
  • You’re now signed in.

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