Changes to RBDigital app on Apple devices

Our supplier has contacted us to make customers aware of an upcoming change in the RBdigital iOS/iPhone app support which takes effect on the 16 of June 2020. Apple periodically discontinues older versions of their development software.

One of these milestones occurs in the coming weeks. To be in compliance with Apple, a new version of the RBdigital app will be released to the Apple app store on 16 of June. This new version will no longer support iOS versions 9 and 10.

If a borrower currently has the RBdigital app downloaded and uses one of those operating systems, it will continue to operate. However, to upgrade their app with this new release and use future versions of it, they will need to use iOS 11 or later.

You can access the eMagazine service completely free of charge using your library card.

Download eMagazines

Read eMagazines

Through the same portal you use for the eMagazines you can now borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, and use them on the RBDigital app or via a laptop or computer.

If you are already registered for eMagazines you can use the same username and password

You can download and read full digital copies of magazines (including back issues) available from your computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are.

Over 60 current top-selling magazines are available, and also back issues of a range of other titles.

Magazines available include popular magazines such as Radio Times, Good Housekeeping, Esquire UK, Heat, New Scientist, the Economist Autocar and Hello, but the range includes something for all interests. You can request the service to email you when a new issue becomes available and now set a magazine to be automatically checked out when the new issue appears.

If you are just reading magazines downloaded from Solihull Libraries eMagazine service, the RBDigital app is available to download for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire, which also allows for offline reading. The app can be downloaded from the eMagazine service page.

Within this App you will need to log in with the same email address and password that you joined with, and then enter the library collection Solihull Library and Information Service.

View our guide on how to sign up

View our guide on using the new RBDigital app

View list of current titles

If using eMagazine service for the first time, click on Create Account and enter your library card number with the SLP included and without spaces. If you are not a member, you can join online and get immediate access to the eMagazine service.

Register on your mobile

You can now also register on your mobile device.

Tap the “Register now” link on the RBDigital app’s main page to create your account in just a few easy steps:

  1. Choose your country
  2. Choose Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  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. See the User Guide for more information.



With our eNewspaper service you can read full colour digital copies of over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries on your computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are.

Magazines available include Empire, Angling Times, the TES, Q, Country Walking, and many more.

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