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Using the eLibrary

Our 24-hour eLibrary gives you access to a wide range of books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, films, concerts and courses.
Libraries services

Limited services are available at Hub and Community Libraries due to COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about changes to our library service.

All you need is a library card and PIN, which you get when you join the library. If you do not know your PIN you can ask at your local library or email libraries@lewisham.gov.uk.

Read an eBook or listen to an eAudiobook 

eBooks are books you can read with your computer, phone, tablet or eReader. 

eAudiobooks are books that you can listen to on your computer, phone, tablet, or MP3 player.

The service is completely free. You can borrow 10 titles for up to three weeks, there are no loan charges and loans automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees.

To get started borrowing eBooks or eAudiobooks on your devices, download the RBDigital app for eBooks and eAudiobooks or download the BorrowBox app for eAudiobooks.

To read an eBook or listen to an eAudiobook all you need is your library card number and PIN.

You can access eBooks on a number of devices. Find out more about which devices you can use.

Find further information on the RBDigital app, such as frequently asked questions, user guides and tutorials.

The RBDigital app lets you read or listen to books, comics and magazines on your mobile device.

Read a magazine online

Our free magazine service lets you read your favourite magazines on your smartphone, tablet or computer. As long as you have a library card, it's really easy to get started. 

Some of the magazines available include:

 Economist Amateur Photographer
 HELLO! magazine 25 Beautiful Homes
 New Scientist Empire
 Grazia Men's Health

To borrow magazines on your devices, download the apps:

The first time you use the apps you will be asked to create an account. Type in your library card number and follow the instructions. You then have unlimited access to hundreds of free magazines from sport to space, entertainment to homes and there are never any late fees.

Read a newspaper online

Read over 2,000 newspaper titles, from over 100 different countries, free of charge on your desktop or browser. Just click the link above and enter the barcode number on your library card to get started.

To read newspapers online download the Press Reader app.

Read comics online

Read over 1500 comics and Graphic Novels from Marvel, Disney, IDW and Dark Horse free of charge with your library card.

You have unlimited downloads for comics from RBDigital and you never have to worry about missing pages or late fees.

To borrow eComics on your devices, download the RBDigital app.

Watch streaming video and concerts online

 Watch streaming video using our subscriptions to IndieFlix or Stingray Qello.

Using IndieFlix you can stream series, films and documentaries in both English and many other languages. With Qello you can stream full-length concerts and music documentaries.

To access these services, sign into your RB Digital account, then click on IndieFlix or Stingray Qello. You will receive a pass for 7 days which you can renew as often as you want.

Access our online reference library services

We have 17 online reference services which include business databases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, academic papers, and historical newspapers, most of which can be accessed remotely.

Access online courses and the great courses

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like maths, science, photography, technology, personal development and much more.

To access the great courses, sign into your RBDigital account, then click on the great courses. You will receive a pass for seven days which you can renew as often as you want.


Library Service

London Borough Of Lewisham Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Telephone: 0208 314 8024
Email: libraries@lewisham.gov.uk