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Welcome to Leichhardt & Balmain Library eBooks

The Library is now able to offer a growing collection of over 5,000 eBooks. You are able to download eBooks in ePUB and PDF formats to a compatible device.

What's great about our eBooks
  • 24/7 access with your library membership from wherever you have internet
  • No reservations are required
  • No need to return your eBooks
  • No overdues, so no late fees
  • No need to renew, simply download the book again
What you need to use the Library's eBooks
  • Current Library Card – your library card barcode displayed on the front of your library card and your password
  • Computer, eReader or smart device
  • An Adobe ID
  • Adobe Digital Editions (for reading on computers and transferring eBooks between devices)
  • Bluefire Reader App (for reading on smart devices)
  • Internet access

To use the Library's eBooks you will need Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, or if you are using a smart device such as a tablet or smartphone, you will need the Bluefire Reader App or similar App from your device's App Store. Adobe Digital Editions is needed to transfer eBooks from your computer to your eReader. You will also need to authorise your computer and device with an Adobe ID. You are able to authorize up to six devices with the same Adobe ID.

To get started follow these steps

Searching and Borrowing

There are two ways to browse and search the eBook collection

  • Click here to use our new ebook shelf or
  • Click here to search in the catalogue - login before beginning your search
Loan Periods

You can borrow eBooks for up to 21 days. When you're ready to download your book just select the loan period you require from the drop down box. You may select from 1 to 21 days. The loan will be recorded on your library card and will be visible on your loan record for only one day. The eBook looks after the rest and will automatically 'return' when the loan period expires. Should you want the book for longer, simply download again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view FAQ Articles

In addition to the Library's collection here are a few free eBook services you may want to use

Project Gutenberg
Google Books
Open Library
The Online Books Page
Internet Archive
Fairytales and Stories
World Digital Library
Literature Project
Directory of Open Access Books