Digital books are available free of charge with your library card and can be downloaded 24/7.

  • eBooks are available for up to 3 weeks free of charge
  • you can download 3 eBooks at one time
  • don’t worry about overdue fees and charges as eBooks are automatically returned to the library at the end of the loan period (unfortunately at the moment ebooks cannot be returned after use)

Download eBooks

(When logging in to the ebooks site enter your library card number without the SLP and without any spaces but include the X if there is one. So, SLP1234567 X on a card should be entered as 1234567X).

To borrow eBooks you will need a library membership card and your PIN number:

Our eBooks service is compatible with many eReaders, tablets, PCs and Macs, if they allow apps to be installed or ebooks to be loaded from a computer. Due to a restriction imposed by Amazon, eBooks will not work with the Amazon Kindle but will work with the Amazon Kindle Fire.

A new app, Libro, has been launched by our supplier which enables ebooks to be downloaded and read within the same app, simplifying borrowing from Solihull’s ebooks. Instructions on how to use this are on this page. All the existing methods of downloading continue to work as before.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) contains useful information and guidance about using eBooks, but instructions on using them with Android devices and iPads are available as attachments on this page.

For Kindle Fires it is necessary to change settings to allow the installation of apps not in the Amazon App store.

For computers/laptops no apps are needed, but Adobe Digital Editions software must be installed.


Check out our eMagazine service - you can read full digital copies of any of the 70 plus titles we subscribe to (including Radio Times, Hello, Good Housekeeping, BBC Good Food, New Scientist, National Geographic and many more) from your computer, smartphone or tablet.


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 free of charge using your library card. Visit our eNewspapers page for more details.

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