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Download free eBooks to your computer, tablet and phone with BorrowBox.

If you are a member of Swansea Libraries you automatically have access to our eBook service, BorrowBox.

If you are not already a member and want to borrow an eBook you can apply to join Swansea Libraries online.

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Important information about the eBooks service:

  • Adults can borrow up to 10 eBooks for loan periods from 1 day up to 3 weeks.
  • You won't have to worry about paying any late fees as they will automatically be removed from your device at the end of the loan period.
  • Downloads are available for most eReader devices (but not Kindles).
  • Adobe Digital Editions software may be needed to read and transfer eBooks. Please check that your device is compatible before attempting to download any eBooks. A list of supported devices is available from the Adobe Digital Editions software websiteOpens new window.

 

Borrowing books from BorrowBox

You can browse the full BorrowBox libraryOpens new window without signing up for an account or logging in. 

  • To use Borrow Box you will need to enter your library card number and then a password. The password is the last four digits of you library card number. For example if your card number was SW123456 then your password would be 3456.
  • Select eBooks from the top menu to view their titles. You can view featured titles, new releases and top downloads as well as browsing by category.
  • To search for a title you can use the search box in the top right hand corner.
  • To checkout an item select the borrow option under the details of each eBook. 
  • After you have borrowed a title, click on the download button on the loan successful page and choose to download an eBook either in a single download or in parts. If you get a pop-up with options to Open, Run or Save your loan when you download, make sure that you select Save, otherwise the eBook will not save to your computer properly.
  • After 21 days the eBook will no longer be available to listen to. You will need to delete the file from your computer or mobile device.
  • If the title you want to borrow says 'reserve' rather than borrow this is because another library user has already borrowed the book. If you still want to borrow the book select reserve. As soon as the eBook becomes available you will be sent an email.

The first time you try to download an eBook you will be prompted to download and install Adobe Digital Editions if this software is not already on your PC/Mac. If you are using an Android mobile device or iPhone/ iPad you can download the BorrowBox app.

 

A range of help guides are available that contain step-by-step instructions on how to download eBooks to various popular devices.

eBooks help guidesOpens new window

For further information or guidance on how to use this service, general help guides are also available on BorrowBoxOpens new window.

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