Are you living, working or studying in Cambridgeshire? Or are you just visiting for a short stay?
No matter why you are here, you can enjoy reading a collection of free eBooks or listening to eAudiobooks. All courtesy of Cambridgeshire Libraries.
Your instant Reading Room provides online access to free eResources. You can also access eMagazines and eNewspapers from around the world.
How does the Instant Reading Room work?
Use your Cambridgeshire Libraries ID and PIN to log in to our apps. If you prefer you can use a web browser. If you are not yet a library member, follow three simple steps to sign up.
Join Cambridgeshire Libraries
- Step 1 - Join Cambridgeshire Libraries online using your residential address (or temporary address) in Cambridgeshire.
- Step 2 - Set your 6-digit PIN number, give your email address, and fill in relevant information.
- Step 3 - Once you have successfully registered online, make a note (or do a screenshot) of your Cambridgeshire library ID number, which begins with DD and is shown at the bottom of the confirmation page.
What do you want to read or listen to?
With your Cambridgeshire library ID number and PIN number, you can access eBooks and eAudiobooks via BorrowBox.
Via BorrowBox app:
- Download the BorrowBox app from Google Play or Apple App Store onto your mobile device.
- Open the app you have downloaded, search for “Cambridgeshire” in Library and select “Cambridgeshire County Council”.
- Sign in with your Cambridgeshire library ID number (same as your library card number if you have got one) and PIN number.
- You are ready to go!
Via BorrowBox website:
- Prefer not to download the app? You can access Cambridgeshire BorrowBox catalogue on your web browser.
- Sign in with your Cambridgeshire library ID number (or library card number if you have it) and PIN number.
- Explore and enjoy!
Cambridgeshire Reads & Cambridgeshire Listens on BorrowBox:
Have a look at our “Cambridgeshire Reads” eBook collection and "Cambridgeshire Listens” eAudiobook collection. These thoughtfully selected titles can be accessed by multiple users at any one time, so you can read or listen straight away!
Quick Reads & Quick Listens on BorrowBox:
Quick Reads are eBooks less than 300 pages long, while Quick Listens are eAudiobooks less than 5 hours long. Most of these titles are for one user at a time, but there are lots to choose from, and you can place a reservation on titles already on loan.
With your Cambridgeshire library ID number, you can access eMagazines and eNewspapers via PressReader.
PressReader allows you to access full digital editions of major newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in over 60 languages. That’s 7,000 publications at your fingertips!
Via PressReader App:
- Download the PressReader app from Google Play or Apple App Store onto your mobile device.
- Open the app you have downloaded, click on “Library or Group” and search for “Cambridgeshire County Library”.
- Type in your Cambridgeshire library ID number (same as your library card number if you have it) to sign in.
- Find something you like and start reading! You can also click on the headphone icon in the publication to have it read to you.
Via PressReader website:
- Prefer not to download the app? You can access PressReader Catalogue on your web browser.
- Click on “Library or Group” and search for “Cambridgeshire County Library”.
- Type in your Cambridgeshire library ID number (or library card number) to sign in.
- Explore and be surprised! You can also click on the headphone icon in the publication to have it read to you.
Apart from BorrowBox for eBooks and eAudiobooks and PressReader for eMagazines and eNewspapers, Cambridgeshire Libraries members can also access the following resources:
- OverDrive and Libby app: Through the OverDrive website and its associated Libby app, you can access eBooks, eComics, eAudiobooks (including language courses) and over 600 eMagazines published in the UK.
- Ulverscroft and uLibrary app: Through the Ulverscroft website and its associated uLibrary app, you can access more than 2200 titles of eAudiobooks including monthly new titles by bestselling authors.
- Free online reference library: Cambridgeshire Libraries subscribe to a range of online information resources, including encyclopaedias, biographies, art and business information databases, etc. You can access most of these outside library buildings using your library ID number and PIN. Some of these are accessible only in libraries.
- Health information directory: Cambridgeshire Libraries have compiled a health information directory. It contains trusted links and information for general health, mental health, care and support and health living. Click on the subject titles and go through the entries in the dropdown lists. You will find helpful information that you are looking for or that you haven’t come across before.
- More library resources: For more information about our libraries, go to the Cambridgeshire Libraries homepage. To find out how libraries support your health and wellbeing, visit our Libraries and Wellbeing
Lost your PIN or ID number?
If you are an existing Cambridgeshire Libraries member we can help you find your PIN number and borrower ID.
You can reset your library PIN with your library ID number (same as your library card number). You must have an email address linked to your library account. We will email you with a link to reset your password. You will receive the email within 5 to 10 minutes.
We can send you an email which shows your library ID. But first, you need to reset your PIN number (password) using your name and email address:
- Go to the ‘Reset your password’ webpage, click on the link highlighted in the sentence “If you have forgotten your borrower ID or username, you can reset using your name and email address.”
- Enter the email address you have on your library account, your first name and surname. Click on “Continue”. You will receive an email within 5 to 10 minutes containing your library borrower ID and a link to reset your password.
- Then you can choose to click on the link to reset your PIN. Or if you do remember your PIN, you don’t need to reset it. Use it with your library ID to access our eResources.
Contact us for assistance
If you are unable to sign up, reset your PIN or get your library ID number, or if you are unable to access our eResources, please contact us for assistance:
- Call the library contact centre at 0345 045 5225 - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
- Email Your.Library@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk
- Or visit one of our libraries near you