Cumbria Libraries free eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines.

Cumbria Library Service members can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from a range of fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult titles for free.

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Library members can download for free the latest editions of a range of popular magazines, comics and graphic novels.  All available to read on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

New to our RBdigital service? You can register on your mobile device. Tap the "Register now" link on the app's main page to create your account in just a few easy steps: 

  1. Choose your country
  2. Choose the name of your library authority as it appears in the app  
  3. Enter the requested library card details, create a memorable username and password. 

Once registered, you will be automatically logged in and can enjoy our content. For more details on mobile registration, watch our video guide or view our mobile registration user guide (PDF 306KB).

RBdigital is moving to Libby

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Please note that from the 25th February 2021 Cumbria Library Service will be transferring its RBDigital eaudiobook, comic and magazine content onto the Overdrive Libby app.

If you are an existing user of this service Overdrive will have notified you of this change and how you can transition to this new platform.

For all new users of Libby content please follow the instructions below.

Getting started with Libby

With Libby, as well as eaudiobooks, you can borrow for free up to 3,200 magazines and comics from your library. All you need is a library card.

Watch the getting-started video


Step 1

Install the Libby app from your device's app store.

Or, visit in your Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge (Chromium) browser.

Step 2

In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a library card. 

Search for your library asking users to enter Cumbria and not their local library.

Step 3

Browse your library's catalogue and borrow a title.

Step 4

Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you're connected to Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you're offline.

From your Loans, you can:

  • Tap Read With... to choose where you'd like to read the book  (Please note that the option of reading in Kindle is only available in the US) or start reading in Libby.
  • Tap Open Audiobook or Open Magazine to start reading or listening to that title.
  • Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return.

Happy reading!

See also

Press Reader


Unlimited access to local and international publications - 2,000 newspapers and magazines. 100 Countries. 60 Languages. Download your favourite newspapers and magazines to your personal tablet or smartphone.

Create a Pressreader account and download the latest app pressreader 

Android user guide (PDF 988KB) 

iOS user guide (PDF 6.5MB)

You will need a Library card and PIN to use PressReader

Not a member? Join the library 

Forgotten PIN? 

Who elase writes like new

Read all the books by your favourite fiction writer? Looking for new authors to try? Search Who Else Writes Like for suggestions. Of course, no author writes exactly like another, but the selection of alternatives provided should help to narrow your potential selection from the hundreds of writers there are to choose from.

Who Next.

When children ask: "Who can I read next?" or "Who writes like my favourite author?", the answers can be found in Who Next…? a guide to children's authors This guide lists children's fiction writers and suggests other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.

Cumbria Libraries provides access to digital media from a range of providers. Use of these services are subject to the provider's terms and conditions.  

Cumbria Libraries accepts no responsibility for materials accessed from the provider. 

Parents or guardians are responsible for guiding young people in their use of these services whether these are accessed on the internet or apps.