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Find, reserve and borrow library items

You can reserve or renew your library books online

Visit the library catalogue

What can I borrow from the library?

You can borrow the following items from the library:

eBooks

Unfortunately, we do not currently provide eBooks for loan. Read about why we don't lend eBooks.

Not sure what an eBook is? Read more about eBooks.

eMagazines

Over 50 eMagazines can be downloaded for free when you create a 'Zinio' account. Information on how to sign up for this service and the titles you can borrow are available on the eMagazines page.

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How do I find and reserve items in the online catalogue?

You can reserve books, audio books, CDs and DVDs for free from the online library catalogue.

Using the library catalogue

To find at item you can use the 'Quick Search' box or search by:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Key word
  • Series
  • Subject
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number)

To avoid disappointment, if you have checked the catalogue and plan to visit a library to borrow a title which is on the shelf, please call ahead to make sure that the item is still available. Staff will reserve it for you to make sure that no one else picks it up in the interim.

To find the location of your nearest library, please use our library finder.

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Can I request new titles/items if they are not currently available to borrow?

Yes - if you can not see what you want, you can request that a title is considered for purchase. Please contact your local library to request new items.

Contact details for each library are available by searching the library finder.

Please note: If you request a publication through the inter library loans system there is a £6 charge. A full list of library fees and charges is available on the library fees and charges page.

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How will you tell me my library book is awaiting collection?

We can notify you that your item is awaiting collection by either text or email.

You will need to sign into your personal account and check the box for your choice of reminder. Please note if you wish to receive a text alert you will need to keep your mobile 'phone switched on, as messages can not be re-sent and will not wait in your inbox. You may prefer to opt for an email reminder if your mobile 'phone is often switched off.

You will need your library card and PIN to do this. More information on how to get your PIN is available on the join the library page.

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Can you recommend something to read?

Yes - if you already have a favourite author or genre, follow the link below to browse 'Who Else Writes Like' to find new authors to read.  The data base also carries listings for new authors and prize winners.

Who Else Writes Like..? (external website)

Please note: If you are using this service within an East Riding Library from the People's network system you don't need to log in, however if you are accessing this service from home you will need your library card number and PIN.  This is available on the join the library page.

More reading recommendations

Please follow the links to these websites for further reading recommendations:

The readers' section of the People's Network, a site for readers to share opinions about books.

People's Network (external East Riding website)

Whichbook allows you to input your own requirements and produces a reading list especially for your tastes, with experts and alternative choices.

WhichBook (external website)

Tangled Web features crime, murder mystery and thriller recommendations.

Tangled web (external website)

BookCrossing allows you to register your favourite books and leave copies in a public place to be picked up and passed on to other readers, then trace their journey around the world.

BookCrossing (external website)

Fantastic Fiction provides information on over 350,000 books and bibliographies for over 30,000 authors.

Fantastic fiction (external website)

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Does the library service lend eBooks?

No - the library service does not currently provide eBooks for loan. Find out why we don't yet offer eBooks.

Alternative access to eBooks and online magazines

The library service does offer access to electronic reference resources and a wide range of eMagazines. Find out more about eMagazines on the eMagazines page.

We are currently considering ways in which we can extend this offer to include downloadable audio books and ebooks.

You can also check out the free eBooks available through Project Gutenberg and the wide range of free Audiobooks available from LibriVox:

Project Gutenberg (external website)

LibriVox (external website)

Why don't we have an eBook service?

We don't provide eBooks because licensing terms between publishers and public libraries have yet to be agreed.

To make sure we can offer the best service for customers, and to avoid wasting money we don’t want to commit to a new service until we are sure that it will be both sustainable and provide good value for money.

The government have set up pilots (test projects) to test how publishers can allow public libraries to lend new and popular eBooks to the public. The outcomes of the pilots will hopefully be published in Spring/Summer 2015. You can read more about the report and pilots on the GOV.uk website:

Review of E-Lending – GOV.uk website (external website)

We will use the recommendations to find if there is an eBook lending supplier that meets the needs of the East Riding.

What is an eBook?

An electronic book (e-book, eBook, e-Book, ebook, digital book, or even e-edition) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices.

Commercially produced and sold, eBooks are usually intended to be read on dedicated eBook readers, such as Kindles and KOBOs. More recently, almost any electronic device that features a controllable viewing screen, including computers, many mobile phones, and nearly all smartphones, can also be used to read eBooks.

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Can I get library books in other languages?

Yes - some libraries carry selections of books in other languages. Please check the online library catalogue. If we do not carry the language you are looking for it may be possible to get them at your library.

Ask a member of staff when you call in, or contact us by completing the enquiry form at the right-hand-side of the page.

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Can I borrow sets of plays from the library?

Yes - sets of plays can be borrowed from Leeds Drama Library.

Leeds Drama Library (external website)

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