When it comes to online entertainment, Randwick City Library has it covered with a range of eReading options to choose from: eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines - plus on-demand film and documentary streaming via Kanopy.
eReading: getting started
Your library card is all you need to access thousands of eBooks to read online, or download to your own device. eBooks and eMagazines are available online 24/7 and can be accessed in the Library or from your own computer, compatible eBook reader or mobile device. Downloads are free for members. Titles automatically expire at end of the loan period and do not need to be "returned".
For smartphone and tablet users
For Apple and Android users there is an app available for BorrowBox, Libby and indyreads on your app store or through Google Play. For Kindle Fire users there is an app for BorrowBox and the older OverDrive app though Amazon.
For PC and Mac users
eBooks and eAudio are still an enjoyable on a desktop or laptop. You will have two options to enjoy content:
Downloading: If you have a Windows 8 or above PC, you can download the Libby app through the Windows store - watch a guide to this here. For Mac, BorrowBox and indyreads users, you will need to download the Adobe Digital Editions software to enjoy titles. OverDrive (Libby) offer a guide on how to do this.
Streaming: using a modern browser (safari, chrome, firefox) you can stream Libby, and indyreads titles directly from their respective websites. This means you don't need to worry about additional software, but will need an internet connection.
Using an eReader
First, a word on Amazon Kindle: As the Kindle Fire eReader is based on the Android operating system, it can run BorrowBox, and Overdrive apps. Unfortunately due to Amazon's licensing restrictions, Randwick City's eLibrary service is not compatible with any other Kindle e-Readers.
Kindle eReaders are designed and manufactured by Amazon, and are intended for browsing, purchasing and downloading media from Amazon.com. As it has not been made available to us, Australian Public Libraries are not able to offer a Kindle eBook lending platform. To give Amazon feedback about their Australian Kindle policy, feel free to contact Amazon directly or feedback via Amazon Australia's Facebook page.
If you are using an eReader (not a Kindle) you will need to first download titles to Adobe Digital Editions to transfer. A guide from OverDrive which can be used for BorrowBox and indyreads is available here.
Another option if you have a Modern Kobo (Kobo Libra H2O, Forma, Aura ONE, Aura H2O Edition 2, Aura Edition 2, or Clara HD) you can borrow Libby/OverDrive titles directly to your device. A guide for this is available here.
Borrowbox Click to Access
Featuring Australian and international best-selling fiction for adults, young adults and children, titles can be enjoyed on the computer or downloaded to a supported portable device. Reserve or borrow up to 10 eAudiobooks and up to 10 eBooks every 3 weeks.
Download the BorrowBox mobile app from the App Store for your Apple device or from the Google Play Store for your Android device. If you are using a PC or transferring to an eReader, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. If you are using a Kindle Fire, click here for info on how to get set up. For more information, access the BorrowBox Help page.
Choice Online In-library Access Only
Information for Australian consumers on products for the home, babies and kids, computers, food, cars, health, money, and more.
EBSCO eBooks Click to Access
With a collection of over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended non-fiction titles. A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various patron research needs, including substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics.
indyreads / Odilo from SLNSW Click to Access
indyreads provides access to a statewide collection of independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudio format. You may also find self-published authors, local writers and Local History Library materials. All you need is your library card number and PIN/password to borrow, download and start reading; anywhere, anytime. Titles are available through the library catalogue, as well as through the indyreads app for Apple and Android. If you are using a PC or transferring to a compatible eReader, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions.
Click here to read the user guide to indyreads/Odilo online.
Infobase Click to Access
A great resource for a high school students and students studying English, Infobase has a large selection of HSC texts and critical views on literary figures including Jane Austen, Amy Tan, Aldous Huxley, Shakespeare and more. Infobase provides a Video Tutorial which might assist you to easily browse their collection.
Libby, by OverDrive (Now incudes eMagazines) Click to Access
Libby, by OverDrive provides access to thousands of eAudiobooks, eBooks and eMagazines. Once a title is borrowed it will be accessible for up to three weeks. You can also borrow titles using the mobile app Libby on your Apple, or Android device. For users wanting to transfer to their eReader, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. For more information, access the Libby Help and Technical Support page.
State Library of NSW Online Resources Click to access
Your Randwick City Library card can now provide access to the State Library of NSW online resources, including local and international newspapers, full-text journals, magazines, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Story Box Library Click to Access
Story Box Library showcases Australian children's books, read by a diverse range of storytellers. Our growing library provides an authentic online literature experience that engages children in the traditional art of storytelling. New stories are added regularly, along with detailed classroom ideas linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Streaming: films and docos
Stream movies for free! Your Randwick City Library membership allows you to stream movies and documentaries any time - they can be accessed in the Library or from your own device with a decent internet connection. Simply enter your library member number to start streaming and if you have any questions, contact staff at our branches.
Kanopy Click to Access
Choose from over 30,000 films and documentaries from Australia and around the world with this on-demand steaming service. It features films from the Criterion Collection, Madman Entertainment and many more. An app is also available for iOS and android.