Cumbria Libraries free eBooks and eAudiobooks.


Cumbria Library Service members can borrow up to 6 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks at any one time, from a range of fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult titles for up to 3 weeks - all for free, by using the secure Borrowbox service.

You can download and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks by using the website, or, you can download and use the BorrowBox app which has a dedicated eAudiobook player and eBook reader, allowing you to search, browse, borrow, read and play both formats.

Log in, browse the BorrowBox library of the world's best authors and titles, and start borrowing today!

NEW direct links to the Children's Borrowbox eBook or eAudiobook collection

(Note: when you log in you will be asked to enter the first 3 letters of your library. Please type CUM for Cumbria.)



If you are having problems, read the Borrowbox help page or contact

A BorrowBox account may take up to two days to be activated.

RBdigital is moving to Libby

Libby mascot

Members of Cumbria Library Service can access for free a wide range of eaudiobooks available formerly on the RBDigital platform but now from 25th February 2021 they will be available on 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!

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