Borrow eBooks, eNewspapers and more

Choose from eAudiobooks, eBooks, eComics, eMagazines and eNewspapers. They are available for free from West Sussex Library Service.

1 Libby - Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics

Download the Libby app from your app store to borrow and enjoy eBooks, eAaudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics:

Accessing Libby

For mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones

  • Install the Libby app (available from all app stores with links above).
  • Use your West Sussex library card number and PIN number to register.
  • If you've forgotten it, find out how to reset your PIN.
  • Search for and download your choices.

For laptops, PCs and Macs

Follow the prompts to sign in to Libby. You will need your library card number and PIN to register.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

Choose from a wide range of bestsellers, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and more, available for free.

You can borrow up to 20 eBooks or eAudiobooks at a time via Libby. Some titles may need to be reserved. You will receive an email once your reservation is available.

You can renew eBooks or eAudiobooks if they have not been reserved. Loans expire automatically after 21 days, so there are no late charges.

eMagazines and eComics

We have a wide range of eMagazines and eComics to choose from, also available for free with Libby.

You can read an unlimited amount of these with no waiting lists.

Please note:

  • Kindle eReaders (for example, Kindle Paperwhite) are incompatible with our library eBooks
  • Kindle Fire tablets can access our eLibrary through the Libby website
  • eReaders must be used with a PC, Mac or laptop to enable eBooks to be downloaded.

2 Pressreader - Download eNewspapers

The eNewspaper service, PressReader, provides over 7,000 UK and international digital newspapers and magazines for free. Publications are from over 100 countries and in 60 languages.

Articles can be translated into 18 languages and you can listen to the news by using the audio narration function.

Download PressReader from your app store:

Accessing PressReader

For mobile devices including tablets, smartphones and Kindle Fires

  • Download the free PressReader app from your app store (links above).
  • Select 'Sign in' in the app.
  • Select the yellow library card icon and enter 'West Sussex' in the search box to select your library authority.
  • Enter your library card number.

For laptops, PCs and Macs

  • Select 'Sign in' on the PressReader website.
  • Select the library or group option, then enter 'West Sussex' in the search box to select your library authority.
  • Enter your library card number and PIN number.
  • If you've forgotten it, find out how to reset your PIN.

A pop up will confirm that you can read newspapers online or download them to read offline free of charge for 30 days on your device.

At the end of the 30 days, simply sign out and back in again with your library card number to reactivate your free access for a further 30 days. Reactivate as many times as you wish! This applies to both laptop and smart device access.

3 Downloading eBooks on a Nook or Kobo eReader

If you have an Adobe-compatible eReader (like a NOOK or Kobo), you can download Libby books on a computer, then use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to transfer them to your device. 

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to your PC, laptop or Mac.
  2. Obtain an Adobe ID and then authorise ADE.
  3. On a computer, go to libbyapp.com in your browser. Find West Sussex Libraries and add your card number.
  4. Choose and borrow an eBook.
  5. Follow the instructions to download your eBook to your eReader.

The newer range of Kobo ereaders will let you borrow eBooks directly from our Library catalogue. Learn how to borrow OverDrive ebooks on your Kobo eReader.

4 Help accessing our eProducts

We have produced helpsheets to get you started.

If you need more help with eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics, visit the Libby Help website. They have lots of helpful guides including:

If you would like help or support using our eBooks, email library.digital.support@westsussex.gov.uk with your telephone number and a brief description of the help needed, and we will get in touch as soon as we can.

For technical help on specific devices, contact Libby directly.

For PressReader support, email pressreader@wfhowes.co.uk.

Last updated:
7 April 2021
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