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Download free eBooks to your computer, tablet and phone with BorrowBox.

If you are a member of Swansea Libraries you automatically have access to our eBook service, BorrowBox.

If you are not already a member and want to borrow an eBook you can apply to join Swansea Libraries online.

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Important information about the eBooks service:

  • Adults can borrow up to 10 eBooks for loan periods from 1 day up to 3 weeks.
  • You won't have to worry about paying any late fees as they will automatically be removed from your device at the end of the loan period.
  • Downloads are available for most eReader devices.
  • Adobe Digital Editions software may be needed to read and transfer eBooks. Please check that your device is compatible before attempting to download any eBooks. A list of supported devices is available from the Adobe Digital Editions software websiteOpens new window.


Borrowing books from BorrowBox

You can browse the full BorrowBox libraryOpens new window without signing up for an account or logging in. 

Step by step video of how to download and use the BorrowBox app on your deviceOpens new window

  • To use BorrowBox you will need to enter your normal library card number and password/PIN. On first use you will also be asked to provide an email address to set up your account.
  • Select eBooks from the top menu to view their titles. You can view featured titles, new releases and top downloads as well as browsing by category.
  • To search for a title you can use the search box in the top right hand corner.
  • To checkout an item select the borrow option under the details of each eBook. 
  • After you have borrowed a title, click on the download button on the loan successful page and choose to download an eBook either in a single download or in parts. If you get a pop-up with options to Open, Run or Save your loan when you download, make sure that you select Save, otherwise the eBook will not save to your computer properly.
  • After 21 days the eBook will no longer be available to listen to. You will need to delete the file from your computer or mobile device.
  • If the title you want to borrow says 'reserve' rather than borrow this is because another library user has already borrowed the book. If you still want to borrow the book select reserve. As soon as the eBook becomes available you will be sent an email.

The first time you try to download an eBook you will be prompted to download and install Adobe Digital Editions if this software is not already on your PC/Mac. If you are using an Android mobile device, Kindle Fire or iPhone/ iPad you can download the BorrowBox app.


For further information or guidance on how to use this service, general help guides are also available on BorrowBoxOpens new window.

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