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Our new eBook collection!

We have purchased a collection of eBooks in a range of popular fiction and non-fiction genres for you to borrow to read on your PC, eReader, tablet or smartphone. New titles will be added on a regular basis.

How does it work?

  • Free to use. Borrow up to 5 at any one time.

  • Choose how long you want to borrow it for, up to a maximum of 21 days (please note that due to licensing restrictions an eBook cannot be returned early).

  • No overdue charges – eBooks automatically expire at the end of the loan period.

  • Use with a wide range of eBook readers (including Kobo, Nook, and Sony Reader) and other devices including smart phones and tablets. Unfortunately you will not be able to use this service with most models of the Amazon Kindle. However, you can use the service with the Kindle Fire.

  • Reserve for free if a title is already on loan to someone else. A reservation counts as part of your 5 loan entitlement.

How to borrow an eBook:

1. Go to the Poole Libraries eBook Site and enter your library membership number and PIN.

2. Browse the site to find a title you would like to borrow and click on the cover image.

3. If the title is available to borrow, click on ‘Add to basket’.

4. Choose how long you would like to borrow the eBook for (up to a maximum of 21 days), and click on ‘Checkout’.

5. Click on the 'Manage Loans/Reservations' link and click 'Download' once it has finished processing.

6. You will be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions software if you don't already have it installed; otherwise you will be able to proceed directly to download the eBook. If you are using a web enabled device such as a tablet or smartphone you won’t need to install Adobe Digital Editions but will need to use a free app such as Bluefire Reader or Aldiko.



eBooks from Public Library Online

Poole Libraries also offer over 100 free eBooks arranged in themed 'bookshelves' for you to read instantly online, provided by Public Library Online.

Apple and Android devices are now supported and we have unlimited copies!

You can access them at home, in the library, or on the move as long as you have internet access: use either the logo link above or choose from the list of shelves below. You must always access the bookshelf through one of the  links on this page and you will need to login using your Poole library card number, unless you are in a library (in which case you can access directly).

You can read these eBooks on any device with internet access - they are not downloads so you cannot read them offline. (See below for more details about how to access).

Choose a bookshelf

Accessing Public Library Online

eBooks come in two formats, Flash for computer users and HTML for smartphones and tablets (both Apple and Android). The site makes it really easy for you to just click on the button for your device.

You cannot read these eBooks on devices which do not have full internet access (such as the Amazon Kindle).

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More eBooks

  • Credo Reference - the online version of over 600 fact books (many illustrated), with everything from Dorling Kindersley's Human Body to reference classics like Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, to Debrett's People of Today, to encyclopaedias, dictionaries and much, much more - even access to the Bridgeman Art Library Archive and the National Gallery. You view the books within the site, which you can use to search across all titles.  If at home, log in with your library card number.
  • Project Gutenberg - a web site with access to 33,000 free ebooks in various formats. These are mostly out of print editions. There are links in the site to other free providers.

  • Check out CyberLibrary - this page lists all the best links to free ebook sites.

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