A guide to borrowing eAudiobooks and eMagazines from RBdigital

A Newcastle Libraries membership gives you 24-hour access to hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines from the comfort of your home or on the move. 

RBDigital gives you access to loads of  eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics - the latest titles, award winners , non-fiction and the classics. You can:


  1. Membership ofNewcastle Libraries means you can borrow eAudiobooks and magazines by downloading the RBdigital app from your smartphone or tablet’s app store (Play Store on Android devices).

    Click Get or Install - then click Open. 

RBDigital in Apple App Store
  1. When you are using it for the first time, you will be asked to register so select Register now. 

RBDigital login or register screen
  1. You will be taken to this screen. Select the dropdown arrow in the Choose Country box and select United Kingdom. Then select Choose Library. 

RBDigital register  - choose country and library
  1. Start typing Newcastle in the white box, select Newcastle City Council and then Create Account. 

RBDigital register  - choose  library
  1.  Fill out the form below by entering your library card number and create an account (note for future logins you will need your username or email address and password) then click on Register. 

Create your RBDigital account
  1. You are now registered and will see a screen like this. 

RBDigital home screen
  1. Select the menu by clicking on the three bars (top left) and select either books then Audiobooks or Magazines and Comics. 

RBDigital menu options
  1. You can swipe through the different headings or view all at the bottom right of each ribbon to see the full list within that section. You can borrow the titles indicating Checkout (in red) The items displaying hold in yellow are on loan but you can reserve them. (see later in this document) 

Search options
  1. By clicking on the title you can see the book description, you can listen to a preview, and if you would like to borrow, select checkout. If an item is on loan but you would like to borrow something you can click on the title and select the Recommended tab to see similar books. 

Title details
  1. You can now listen to your eAudiobook. It will be automatically returned after 14 days. 

Tap or click green button to play audiobook
  1. If the eAudiobook you would like is on loan, you can place a hold: just select Hold and a confirmation message appears. 

Place a hold on a title
  1. To see which books you have on hold select the menu icon (three bars top left) then My Account and Holds. 
    Go to the book’s page again to Remove hold if you no longer want it. 

View your holds
  1. Magazines do not have a loan date: once you have checked out and downloaded an issue, you can read it whenever you like. When you check out a magazine you can also set up the automatic download of the next issue to your account. 

Check out a magazine
  1. If you leave the app and open it again later, you’ll find your books on loan and your magazines in the Checked out section. Click or tap on the menu icon in the top left then on Checked out to find it. 

    When you download a book or magazine you will be able to read / listen to it on the app even when you don’t have an internet connection. 

Your Checked Out section
  1. If you have not finished listening to / reading a title before the due date, you may renew it providing there are no holds.   

    If you finish a book before the end of the loan period, do return it so others may enjoy it. 

Renew or return your book




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We have thousands of titles available to download direct to your device. We're updating this at the moment so you can choose from the very latest in eBooks, eMagazines, eComics and eAudiobooks.

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