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You can download FREE eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines if you are a library member. If you are not a member why not join today.

eBooks

We are part of the ebooks from Welsh Libraries scheme. An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. 

Using your Library Card and Pin, you can select up to ten eBooks to download at any one time.

If you have forgotten or need a PIN please contact us or call into your local library

A step-by-step guide on how to use the service is outlined below:

  • Login to the Wales eBook website using your Library Card and Pin. 
  • Select the title you wish to download by either browsing by 'Latest Arrivals' or by 'Genre', or by entering text into the search field.
  • Select by clicking on the title.
  • If the title is available and you wish to download it, click on 'Add to basket'. (If the title is out on loan you will be able to place a reservation).
  • This will take you to the Basket Items Screen.
  • You will notice that the title has been reserved for 30 Minutes to give you time to consider any other titles you may wish to download, up to a maximum of ten.
  • When you are ready, click on the 'Checkout' button. The title will then be issued to you. At this point you can start the download process to your PC/MAC/Device.
  • Depending on the eBook Reader the system will either take you to the Adobe Digital Editions download manager and then onto your Adobe Digital Editions virtual bookshelf or to the eBook Reader software where the Reader's own software will manage the download, virtual bookshelf and syncing with the Reader. (Details on this will be available with your Reader or on the eBook Readers vendor's website).

Check the e-books for Wales FAQs for more information on using the service.

eAudiobooks

An eAudiobook is the downloadable digital version of an audiobook (spoken word) in MP3 format.

We use a provider called BolindaDigital and their product BorrowBox for eAudiobooks. They also provide a small selection of eBooks.

To see what eAudiobooks are available you can browse the BorrowBox library without downloading anything or signing in. To borrow eAudiobooks you need to sign in using your library card number and PIN (the pin for this service is the last 4 numbers on your library card). 

A step-by-step guide on how to use borrow an eAudiobook is outlined below:

  • Sign In using your Caerphilly library card.
  • Browse the available eBooks and eAudio
  • To borrow an eAudiobook or eBook -
    • Click on the Borrow button below the title's cover.
    • This will take you to the Loan Confirmation page. Click Confirm Loan.
    • This will take you to the Loan Successful page. Choose to Continue Browsing or Download your loan.
    • A loan confirmation email will also be sent to your nominated email address.
    • This title will now be visible beneath Active Loans/Reserves on the right side of your My Account page.
  • To reserve a title - 
    • Click on the Reserve button below the title's cover.
    • This will take you to the Reserve Confirmation page. Click Confirm Reserve.
    • This will take you to the Reserve Successful page. Click on the Continue Browsing button.
    • A reserve confirmation email will also be sent to your nominated email address.
    • This title will now be visible beneath Active Loans/Reserves on the right side of your My Account page, along with the date from when it will be available to you.
    • An email will be sent to your nominated email address when the title is available for download.

Check the Borrowbox FAQs for more information on using the service. You’ll need to log in with your library card to access this feature.

eMagazines

An eMagazine is an electronic version of a magazine. You can read them online or download and keep them for as long as you want.

We use a provider called Zinio for eMagazines.

A step-by-step guide on how to use the service is outlined below:

  • Create a Zinio account using your Caerphilly library cards
  • Log in to your account on the Zinio catalogue page 
  • Browse the available magazines
  • Click on the 'Checkout Now' button below the cover
  • You can now read the magazine

For help using this service Check the Zinio FAQs

Recommended and FREE Subscription Websites

The following websites are subscription databases that are available to all our library members  either from your own device using your library card or by using the PCs at your local library.

Access from a library only

  • Ancestry provides census, birth, marriage, death records and more.
  • Laws and Rights provides a summary of UK legislation. 
  • Find My Past provides access to over 650 million family history records including the 1911 Census
  • Oxford Bibliographies provides accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. 

Access from a library or from home

  • Britannica library - Encyclopaedia with features such as 'This Day in History' and 'Biography of the Day'. It also has a dictionary and thesaurus, historical timelines, country comparisons, a new media collection and much, much more.
  • GoCitizen - an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.
  • Issues Online provides information on a broad range of topics relating to our changing society.
  • Theory Test Pro a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DSA, the people who set the tests.
  • The Wales Yearbook is the official reference book about public life in Wales 
  • Who Else Writes Like? is a readers’ guide to fiction authors
  • The National Library of Wales offers a wide range of subscribed resources to Caerphilly Library Service customers
  • Welsh Libraries is a portal for Welsh Libraries – you can find out what’s happening and lots more.
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