Digital services for library members with free access 24/7 anywhere in the UK with an internet connection
Use your library member number as printed on your card or your Temporary ID if you have recently joined online. Otherwise you can join online, membership is free. We recommend that you provide your email address when you join online as this will give you more control of your account, and allow you to reset your PIN easily if you forget it.
Free digital magazines, newspapers and eComics from OverDrive using the Libby app
Changes to digital magazine, newspaper and eComic services
Update: our supplier for digital magazine and eComics, RBdigital, has been acquired by OverDrive. We moved over to OverDrive’s Libby app for digital magazines and eComics on Wednesday 14 April 2021. Find out more.
Digital newspapers moved to OverDrive on Thursday 20 May 2021.
- choose from around 3,000 different magazine titles across a wide range of genres including computers & technology, crafts, current affairs, entertainment, food & cooking, lifestyle, science & nature, sports and home & garden
- choose from over 2800 eComics across a range of genres for both adults and children including Marvel, Disney, IDW, Dark Horse & Image, covering fantasy, manga, horror, science fiction and superheroes
- checkout editions for 21 days. Loans expire automatically after 21 days but if you haven’t finished reading them you can renew for a further 21 days as many times as you like
- checkout as many editions as you like at any one time – there are no loan limits
- titles are always available to checkout so you won’t ever need to reserve them
Free digital newspapers with PressReader from OverDrive using the Libby app
- Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers on the day of publication from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles
Start reading on your tablet or smartphone using the free Libby app from OverDrive:
- download the Libby App from the Apple App Store (iOS 9+users or Google Play (Android 5.0+ users)
- open the app and select ‘Yes, I have a library card’
- select “I’ll search for a library”; search for and select South Gloucestershire Libraries as your library
- login using your library card number and PIN
- to access newspapers using PressReader, scroll down and select ‘Extras’
Start reading on your PC or laptop (Windows, Mac & Chromebook) using the free Libby app from OverDrive:
- go to https://libbyapp.com/ in your browser
- click on the large circle in the middle of the page at the bottom of the screen
- click on ‘Add a library’
- select South Gloucestershire Libraries as your library
- login using your library card number and PIN
Start reading on other devices:
If your device isn’t compatible with Libby, this includes Kindle Fire, you can use the OverDrive app www.overdrive.com/apps select ‘OverDrive’ and sign up for an OverDrive account using your library card.
Joined online and don’t have a note of your online membership number?
If you also use BorrowBox or cloudLibrary, you can find it in the account tab on the respective app/website. If you don’t, please reregister online (www.librarieswest.org.uk/join); enter your email address and you will receive an email with a new online membership number you can use straightaway.
Don’t know your PIN?
Select ‘Forgot my PIN’ and an email will be sent to the email address we hold for you on our records.
Troubleshooting access to newspapers:
When accessing newspapers, if you see an error message “currently unavailable” please follow the instructions below to reset your Libby account, which should fix the problem.
Remove your library card in Libby, then add it back in again.
- go to > See Library Cards.
- tap Actions, then Remove Card.
- tap Add A Card and sign in again.
Free eBooks from cloudLibrary and eAudiobooks from BorrowBox
The LibrariesWest shared eBook and eAudiobook services are available to library members 24/7 as websites and apps (for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire). Full details are on the LibrariesWest website
eBooks from cloudLibrary
Login now requires your 4 digit PIN as well as your library membership number. If you are already logged on and you see an error message which prevents you from browsing or downloading – log off and then back on again with your membership number / Temporary ID and PIN.
If you don’t know your PIN reset it at www.librarieswest.org.uk by selecting “Log in” and then “Forgot my PIN”. This will send reset instructions to the email address we hold on your record. When prompted for the name of your library select: LibrariesWest. For help with eBooks email: email@example.com
eAudiobooks from BorrowBox
To get started with eAudiobooks you will need your 4 digit PIN as well as your library member number / Temporary ID. If you don’t know your PIN reset it at www.librarieswest.org.uk by selecting “Log in” and then “Forgot my PIN”. This will send reset instructions to the email address we hold on your record.
When prompted for the name of your library select any of the following: LibrariesWest / South Gloucestershire Libraries / your local library branch. For help with eAudiobooks email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ancestry Library Edition
Research your family history online for free using Ancestry Library Edition. Includes UK census records 1841 – 1911 with images of original records; birth, marriage & death indexes; UK and Ireland parish and probate records from 1500s – 1800s & US and international sources.
Log into the LibrariesWest website – you will need the long number as printed on your library card (or your Temporary ID if you have recently joined online) and your PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, select ‘Forgot my PIN’ and an email with reset instructions will be sent to the email address we hold on your record. When you are logged into the LibrariesWest website click on the link ‘Access to Ancestry Library Edition’ which is at the top of the homepage – it is only visible when you are logged into the LibrariesWest website. You can see helpful screenshots on our Facebook page.
Free access to Ancestry Library Edition is usually only available in library buildings. Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we are currently able to provide 24/7 access to Ancestry Library Edition until 31 December 2021 with kind permission from ProQuest and Ancestry.
Who Else Writes Like?
Find authors who write in a similar way to those you enjoy with Who Else Writes Like? Log in with your library card number and select South Gloucestershire
Who Next? can help children who have already enjoyed stories by one writer to find others who write in a similar way. Log in with your library card number and select South Gloucestershire
Our library subscription to Newsbank finished at the end of February 2020 and has not been renewed due to very low usage. For archive newspapers try The British Newspaper Archive from The British Library. It’s free to register, search the archive and save your searches. No bank details are required to register. New users can access 3 free pages in full text.
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Go to Oxford Dictionary of Family Names to find out about your family name, including where it came from. The dictionary covers English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish and immigrant surnames and includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers plus those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. To log in from home use the login with your library card option to enter your complete library card number.
Access to Research – abstracts
High quality academic content from a range of disciplines. Search for articles and read abstracts on Access to Research from any internet connection and email yourself links to articles of interest to follow up inside library buildings. Visit any South Gloucestershire library and login to a library computer with your library card to access the full text or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free WiFi.
E-resources that can only be accessed in libraries
These are unavailable until further notice due to Covid-19 library closures
Access to Research – full text
Free access is available to over 15 million academic articles in full text at all South Gloucestershire libraries via Access to Research. Read high quality academic content from a range of subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Ideal for small businesses, researchers and students. Login to a library computer with your library card to access the full text or bring your laptop or tablet and connect via our free WiFi.
Read product reviews in full before you buy. Access the Which? website by asking a member of library staff to log you on. Only available on library computers (not available through library WiFi) and only during staffed hourIs there anything wrong with this page?