Borrow e-Books, e-Magazines and e-Audiobooks for free with a Libraries membership card.
To start downloading e-Books, e-Magazines or e-Audiobooks, simply visit the websites or download the apps directly onto your tablet, phone or pc. They are compatible with both android and iOS devices. You will need your library membership PIN number to set up an account.
All our digital products can be renewed if there isn’t a waiting list for a particular title. There are no late fees – our e-Books and e-Audiobooks will expire automatically at the end of the load period unless you return them early or renew, while you can keep e-Magazines for as long as you like.
You can checkout up to 10 books at a time for up to 21 days, or checkout up to 5 AudioBooks at a time for up to 14 days. With online Magazines, choose from over 100 titles and keep for as long as you like.
Choose from over 11,000 titles that include both fiction and non-fiction, and titles for adults and children. You can download up to 10 e-Books at a time, and borrow them for 21 days.
Take a look at our quick ‘How to’ video for a step-by-step guide on how to get started using a computer
Check out up to 5 e-Audiobooks for 14 days at a time. We currently offer more than 3000 titles in a range of genres, with new titles added regularly.
Take a look at our quick ‘How to’ video for a step-by-step guide on how to get started
By the app:
e-magazines, comics and newspapers
Choose from over 100 titles across a wide range of genres including: –
- computers and technology
- current affairs
- food and cooking
- science and nature
- home and garden.
Keep for as long as you like and view at least 12 months of back issues. There’s no limit on the number of editions you can download, and new issues arrive at the same time as they appear on newsstands.
Newspapers are also now available alongside Digital Magazines and Digital Comics services. Newspapers are available on the same RB Digital platform as magazines and comics.
- Newspapers are streamed online using a tablet, smartphone (app available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire) or web browser.
- Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly publications from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles
- Titles are available on the day of publication. Supplements are also available.
- Up to 3 months’ back issues are available for most titles.
- There is an option to change the interface language from the default (English) to other languages, including Arabic, French, German and Spanish.
- There is also an option to have the paper read out loud, and in the language the user has chosen including Arabic, French, German and Spanish.
Take a look at our quick ‘How to’ video for a step-by-step guide on how to get started.
There are a range of useful resources which we have identified here – it includes educational resources at home, health and wellbeing links and resources for reading.
For anyone researching family history or perhaps working with children on a history project, you can also access Ancestry website for free by logging in to LibrariesWest with your membership number and PIN.
Help with searching
When you are searching for available Books, AudioBooks or Magazines, you can filter any of the searches so that it only shows the titles that are available now.
Digital resources and library charges
You will still be able to download Books, AudioBooks and Magazines if you have unpaid charges on your library account. It is always possible to pay for outstanding charges online by logging into ‘My Account’ on LibrariesWest , or you can just wait until libraries are open again to sort this out then.
Downloading on older devices
You may still be able to access ebooks, audiobooks and magazines even if your device is quite old. We recommend trying it. Try to Make sure you have the latest updates to your device if possible. If you are experiencing any problems just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find step by step guides at www.somersetreads.co.uk or you can email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.
If you need further help searching or downloading it would be best to contact the relevant supplier (Cloud Library; Borrow Box; RB Digital) in the first instance as they can help with technical queries – they also all have help/tutorials on sites/apps.
These apps are safe to use and you shouldn’t get any spam as a result but email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do experience any problems.