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Our Digital Collection gives you twenty four hour access to hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines from the comfort of your home or on the move. It is available to members of Newcastle Libraries who live in the North East. We have four collections:

Also check: our recommended other sources of free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Please note: we no longer subscribe to Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks service. Our subscription ended in June 2016 and has been replaced by 3M/Bibliotheca Cloud Library.

3M/Bibliotheca Cloud Library

Download 3M/Bibliotheca Cloud Library

  • Download up to 5 eBooks at a time to a home computer or mobile device.
  • Maximum loan period of 28 days.
  • Titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, so there are no late returns and no overdue items.
  • Compatible with a range of devices - visit the 3M/Bibliotheca Cloud Library website for more information.
  • Access via your mobile using the Cloud Library app.

 

OneClick Digital eAudiobooks

​Download OneClick Digital eAudiobooks

  • Download up to 10 eAudiobooks at a time to a home computer or mobile device.
  • Maximum loan period of 21 days.
  • Titles are automatically returned at the end of the loan period, so there are no late returns and no overdue items.
  • Compatible with most devices, excluding the Amazon Kindle. 
  • Select 'OneClick Digital' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the OneClick Digital app to your device.

Zinio Digital Magazines

Download Zinio Digital Magazines

  • View a range of popular magazines on a desktop or mobile device.
  • No loan period, so magazines can be read at your leisure!
  • There are no overdue fees simply delete the title when you have read it.
  • Select 'Zinio for libraries' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the Zinio app to your device.

Comics Plus Library Edition

Download Comics Plus Library Edition

  • View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • Browse by genre, publisher, and comic - then instantly check out your favourites.
  • Access comics whenever you want them - no holds or waiting. 
  • Select 'Comics Plus library edition' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the Comics Plus app to your device.

Public Library Online

Download Public Library Online

  • View a range of literary classics, self help or vintage crime titles on a desktop or mobile device.
  • No loan period, so titles can be read at your leisure!
  • Select 'Public Library Online' from the Apple App store or Google Play to download the Public Library Online app to your device.

You will need a valid Newcastle Libraries library card and PIN to log in to your account and start downloading. If you do not know your library card PIN please visit your local library or phone 0191 2774100.

Other sources of free eBooks

We believe knowledge and culture exist to be shared - we do not want to limit your choice of reading/listening material simply because they are not part of our collections! Therefore we have compiled below a list of other sources where you will find eBooks and/or eAudiobooks that you can legally download and use - for free. This is possible because the sources listed offer books that are either in the public domain (meaning the copyright has expired) or under a Creative Commons licence (the copyright owner is allowing you to copy and share the book for free under some conditions).

Alongside its commercial offer, Feedbooks has a collection of free-to-download eBooks in the public domain. You will find all your favourite classics (fiction and non-fiction) in easy-to-browse themes. 

The place to go for eAudiobooks, LibriVox has a whole community of volunteers who read and record public domain books for others to listen and enjoy.

Recent scholarly eBooks under Creative Commons licences. More titles from academics at different universities covering several topics will be added over time.

Project Gutenberg started with volunteers typing up books that are in the public domain to make electronic versions available to everyone. Nowadays they digitise and proofread them, and also create audio-book versions. Perfect if you are looking for classics.

A project of the Internet Archive aiming to index all the books published in the world (!) It is a free service but you will need to register online as a borrower. Most of the books available are public domain books which have been digitised by a library.

  • Authors’ websites

Some authors propose free e-books on their websites (like bands do with free downloadable tracks!) so it’s always worth checking if your favourite author is one of those. For example, Cory Doctorow puts most of his books for download on his website under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivatives licence, meaning you can download and read a copy for free.

Page last updated: 
17 March 2017
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