Ebooks and audiobooks

Library members can now get books online without visiting the library.

Just visit our Ebooks and audiobooks website and download titles wherever you are – home, work or travelling around. You will need your library card number and PIN.

Don't worry if you don't have the right machines to read these books. You can still get audiobooks on CD and cassette from our libraries – read more below.

What are ebooks and audiobooks?


Ebooks are electronic versions of printed books, available in either Adobe PDF or Adobe EPUB format.

You can read them on your computer or a portable device such as Sony Reader, Kobo eReader or compatible mobile phone such as Android, Blackberry or iPhone.

There's still no date to make Kindles compatible with our Overdrive ebook service in the UK. We'll let you know when this changes. In the meantime, you can read the Adobe version on your computer.


Audiobooks (sometimes known as talking books) are spoken word versions of printed books. You can get them in several formats – MP3, WMA, CDs and cassettes.

You can listen to MP3s on any computer, MP3 player or compatible mobile phone such as Android, Blackberry or iPhone. You can listen to WMA files on computers using Windows and on Windows Mobile.

Downloading from our Ebooks and audiobooks website

You can download up to six ebooks and audiobooks for three weeks. They are free of charge for a trial period. When you download a title, it is 'on loan' to you like an ordinary book and other library members cannot borrow it. We also have over 20,000 ebooks that you can download to keep.

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Do you use assistive technology?

We're sorry that our ebooks and audiobooks website is not fully accessible to people who use assistive technologies to navigate the web. We are working closely with our ebooks provider to ensure this service allows access for all our customers. You can find more information by visiting the Ebooks and audiobooks website – Quick start guide for the visually impaired.

Borrowing MP3s, CDs and cassettes from libraries

You can borrow up to six audiobooks on CD or cassette for three weeks from most libraries, or MP3 Playaways from libraries in Eastbourne, Hastings, Peacehaven and Uckfield.

Children's stories are free, and there is a small hire charge for other items. If you have a visual impairment or other condition that makes reading printed books difficult, you can borrow audiobooks free of charge.

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More online books

You can search Britannica encyclopedia, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 and other books online. You'll need to sign in with your library card number and PIN.